Dr Alexander Hensby is a Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social Policy, Social Research at the University of Kent. He is co-director of the Centre for the Study of Social and Political Movements, and a Research Fellow in Student Success. He completed his first degree in sociology at the University of York, followed by a Master's at the University of Cambridge. Dr Hensby taught sociology at Cambridge and Roehampton universities for four years before moving to the University of Edinburgh, where he received his PhD in 2014.
Dr Hensby’s principal research and teaching interests include social movements, political participation, race and ethnicity in higher education, and globalisation. He is the author of two books, Participation and Non-Participation in Student Activism (2017), and Theorizing Global Studies (2011, with Darren J. O’Byrne).
As Research Fellow in Student Success, Dr Hensby is responsible for designing and delivering a research programme that will help close the white-BAME attainment gap at the University of Kent. For more information on Student Success research, please visit the team’s website.
Dr Hensby’s research interests focus on two broad areas of study. First, he is interested in social movement participation, and the networks and cultures that form around participatory and non-participatory dispositions. Dr Hensby’s research has applied these questions and debates to a number of areas of study including:
Second, in his role as research fellow for the University’s Student Success Team, Dr Hensby is interested in the causes of racial inequities in higher education. Working with Dr Barbara Adewumi, this work takes inspiration from the educational sociology of Pierre Bourdieu, and the anti-racist scholarship associated with Critical Race Theory (CRT). Recent and ongoing projects and study topics include the following:
Dr Hensby convenes the following modules:
Dr Hensby welcomes prospective PhD candidates with interests in any of the following topics: social movements, political participation, student protest, race and higher education.