Dr Karen Throsby

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Professor of Gender Studies

I am Professor of Gender Studies in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, and previously directed 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.


Professor Ruth Holliday

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!


Dr Kim Allen

Associate Professor in Social Inequalities

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.



Dr Jessica Martin

Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy

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I joined the School of Sociology and Social Policy as a teaching fellow in September 2019, after completing my PhD at the University of Leicester. I am interested in feminist cultural studies, and specifically the relationship between postfeminism and austerity. At a time when women have been shown to be disproportionately impacted by austerity, my research explores how feminism and domestic cultures have responded to this inequality in varying but consistently political ways. I am particularly interested in how postfeminism achieves and sustains its hegemonic position within popular culture. Additionally, my research explores contemporary celebrity culture, with a particular focus on the class and gender politics that arise here.  I am currently a member of the Cultural Studies Association and I am assistant editor for the European Journal of Cultural Studies