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Research interests

My recent research has focussed on the cultural factors (e.g., narrative, coding, symbolisation, myth, ritual, performance, etc.) that shape political life. I have investigated this through analysis of historical and contemporary case studies including university campus feuds, the Black Consciousness Movement in apartheid South Africa, the apparent recent global upsurge of political ‘populism’, the 2017 UK General Election, and recent governmental responses to the Covid-19 crisis.

I am also interested in social theory, the sociology of intellectuals, the role of humanism in the social sciences, and the sociology of social movements.

External positions

Editor, Cultural Sociology, British Sociological Association

1 Jan 2021 → …

Faculty Fellow, Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University

1 Apr 2019 → …

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • SPAIS Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship
  • Cultural Work


  • Social Theory
  • Cultural Sociology
  • Political Sociology
  • social movements
  • performance
  • power
  • politics
  • culture
  • populism


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