I am a Lecturer in Cultural Sociology for the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent. I teach on a wide variety of undergraduate modules that span across Sociology, Criminology and Cultural Studies as well as Research Methods. I also convene SO335 Contemporary Culture and Media in the Spring Term and co-convene SO683 Cultural Studies Research Dissertation.
Prior to this role I worked as Research Associate for the Centre for Philanthropy within the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research. I have worked part time for the Centre since 2008, taking a full-time position in July 2016. My work at the Centre primarily revolved around collecting data for the Coutt’s Million Pound Donor Report, which seeks to monitor the number and nature of charitable donations worth one million pounds or more.
I completed a BA with Honours (first class) Sociology in 2007, followed by a MA in Methods of Social Research in 2008 at the University of Kent. In 2014 I gained a PhD in Sociology concerning the performance of potentially problematic identities on Facebook, again at the University of Kent.
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University of Kent
Kent CT2 7NF
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My primary research interest is the development of new communication technologies and social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. and the effects they have on various aspects of everyday life.
More broadly I am interested in areas to do with gender, sexuality and class, particularly concerning how these are performed within educational and academic settings.
My thesis concentrated on the performance of identities that are potentially problematic for individuals and that may carry an associated stigma with them (goth, eating disorders and fetishism). I employed a qualitative online methodology for the thesis including an extended observational ethnography and online in-depth interviews.
During 2017, as well as the usual annual Coutt’s Million Pound Donor Report, I also collated and analysed all ten years of data to mark the 10th anniversary of the report, amongst various other research projects centred on major giving and/or fundraising.
I convene and lecture on the module SO335 Contemporary Culture and Media, a core first year undergraduate module in Cultural Studies. I also co-convene SO683 Cultural Studies Research Dissertation for third year students.
I have been teaching at the University of Kent since September 2007. In my current role I am a seminar leader for the first year modules SO335 Contemporary Culture and Media, SO337 Fundamentals of Sociology, and SO535 Youth and Crime.
For second and third year modules I run seminars for SO546 Qualitative Social Research Methods, SO602 Social Research Methods, SO689 Drugs, Culture and Control, and SO750 Popular Culture, Media and Society.
In addition, I run the Structuring Your Seminars session for the Developing Your Teaching programme for new GTAs and HPLs.