I am an associate professor in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, and the Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (CIGS). My research focuses on the intersecting fields of gender, technology and the body, which I have explored across a range of site including the new reproductive technologies, the surgical management of weight and extreme endurance sport. I teach at all levels in the area of feminist theory, methodology, the sociology of health and illness and feminist science and technology studies.
Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies
I am an Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies in the School of Sociology and Social Policy and was the Director of the Centre of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (CIGS) from 2011-2015. I work in the areas of gender, sexuality, intimacy and the body; addressing transformations in these identity practices and looking at how these shifts feed into theoretical debates around citizenship, recognition and social movements. The focus on the intersections – and disconnections – of gender and sexuality are brought together in my body of work on transgender.
Professor of Gender and Culture
I have been working at the Centre for Gender Studies since 2002, first as Director of Studies and then as Director until March 2011. I was made Professor in February 2008. Before Gender Studies, I worked in Cultural Studies, Sociology, Business Studies, and, initially, electronics so interdisciplinarity is a key feature of my academic career!
Academic Fellow in Urban Sociology
I am a University Academic Fellow in the School of Sociology and Social policy. An interdisciplinary feminist researcher, my work is located at the intersections of youth studies, sociology, gender studies and the cultural studies of education. Broadly, my research falls into four overlapping areas: youth transitions and inequalities of gender, social class, race and place; young people’s cultural practices;representations of class and gender in popular culture; and inequality and diversity in the creative and cultural industries.
Lecturer in Sociology
I joined the Centre in 2015, having previously worked in the School of Media and Communication at Leeds. Before that I taught and studied in the Centre for Women’s Studies at York. My research is in the areas of gender and popular music (especially heavy metal and hard rock), and the discourses around big data (particularly data visualisations). I am very interested in the ways that gender is played out in culture, the media and literature.
Lecturer in Social Theory
I have been a lecturer in the school since 2016 and my work is broadly oriented around the sociology of science. I have a particular interest in feminist technoscience which has underpinned much of work across two areas of research: autism spectrum conditions and more-than-human sociology.
Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow
I am research fellow in the School of Sociology and Social Policy and the Centre for Disability Studies. My research is located at the intersection of disability studies and sexuality studies. My interest lies in the intimate lives of disabled people and theories of sexual citizenship. I am currently exploring how sexual citizenship can better include not only disabled people’s sexual rights as such, but also their support needs in practice, for example within the context of disability services. In relation to these issues, I am interested in intersectionality theorising, critical policy analysis, professional ethics, the disability movement’s advocacy for sexual rights, and norms around sexual practices.