Brett St Louis BA MSc PhD

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer
Department Sociology
Email b.stlouis (
Phone +44 (0)20 7078 5061

Brett St Louis rejoined the department in 2005 having previously been at Goldsmiths in 1999-2000. In the intervening years, Brett was Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Bristol and Assistant Professor in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego.


Brett has extensive experience of coordinating undergraduate admissions and is committed to widening participation and supporting the entrance of ‘non-traditional’ students with academic potential into higher education. Brett is currently Director of Undergraduate Programmes within the department and teach on all three years of undergraduate study and contributes to the first year courses ‘Critical Readings: The Emergence of the Sociological Imagination’ and ‘Modern Knowledge/Modern Power’, co-convene the second year core course unit ‘Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Sciences’, and convene the third year option ‘“Race”, Racism and Social Theory’. Brett also teaches on the MA in Race, Media and Social Justice and an MA optional module ‘Race, Politics and Ethics’.

Areas of supervision

Brett St Louis welcomes applications from prospective MPhil/PhD students in any of his teaching and research areas.

Research Interests

Race, ethnicity and racism; black/postcolonial radical intellectualism; sport in relation to race and racism and culture and aesthetics.

Brett St Louis' research interests crystallise around three intellectual agendas: the conceptual and practical status of race, especially in relation to the epistemological, ontological, political and ethical formations of racial eliminativism; the possibilities of progressive left politics with regard to building affirmative, emancipatory political projects; sociology of sport in relation to i) the methodologies of bio-cultural racial description and explanation as articulated through a rhetoric of culturalist racism and ii) the cultural and aesthetic significance of sport as an enchanted popular art form.

Brett is an editorial board member of new formations and Ethnic and Racial Studies journals.

Publications and research outputs


St Louis, Brett. 2007. Rethinking Race, Politics and Poetics: C. L. R. James's Critique of Modernity. Routledge. ISBN 0415957729

Edited Journal

Campbell, Kirsten and St Louis, Brett, eds. 2008. After ‘68: The Left and Twenty-First Century Politics, New Formations, 65.

Book Section

St Louis, Brett. 2015. Can race be eradicated? The postracial problematic. In: Karim Murji and John Solomos, eds. Theories of Race and Ethnicity: Contemporary Debates and Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 114-137. ISBN 9780521154260

St Louis, Brett. 2009. Post-Marxism, black Marxism and the politics of sport. In: Ben Carrington, ed. Marxism, Cultural Studies and Sport. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp. 109-129. ISBN 978-0-415-37541-2

St Louis, Brett. 2005. Racialization in the "zone of ambiguity". In: Karim and S. John, eds. Racialization: Studies in Theory and Practice. Oxford University Press, pp. 29-50. ISBN 0199257035


St Louis, Brett. 2022. Race as technology and the carceral methodologies of molecular racialization. The British Journal of Sociology, 73(1), pp. 206-219. ISSN 0007-1315

McLennan, Gregor; Robbins, Bruce; McRobbie, Angela; St Louis, Brett and Hall, Catherine. 2021. Stuart Hall, a peerless mediator. Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture(79), pp. 51-77. ISSN 1362-6620

St Louis, Brett. 2021. Post-millennial local whiteness: racialism, white dis/advantage and the denial of racism. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 44(3), pp. 355-373. ISSN 0141-9870

St Louis, Brett. 2009. On the necessity and the impossibility of identities: the politics and ethics of "new ethnicities". Cultural Studies, 23(4), pp. 559-582. ISSN 0950-2386

Campbell, Kirsten and St Louis, Brett. 2008. After '68: The Left and Twenty-First Century Political Projects. New Formations, 65, pp. 7-18.

St Louis, Brett. 2007. The Vocation of Sport Sociology. Sociology of Sport Journal, 24(1), pp. 119-122. ISSN 7411235

St Louis, Brett. 2005. The difference sameness makes: Racial recognition and the 'narcissism of minor differences'. Ethnicities, 5(3), pp. 343-364. ISSN 14687968

St Louis, Brett. 2003. Sport, genetics and the `natural athlete': The resurgence of racial science. Body & Society, 9(2), pp. 75-95. ISSN 1357034X