I am a social and cultural theorist specialising in critical sociology, continental philosophy and political theology. I have a BA in Sociology from Lancaster University (2009, First Class Hons.); an MA in Social and Cultural Theory also from Lancaster University (2010, Distinction) and a PhD in Sociology (2017, Lancaster University).
Prior to coming to Liverpool Hope University, I was an Associate Lecturer at Lancaster University (2010-2016) and a Visiting Lecturer at University of Chester (2015-2016).
In 2011 I completed the Supporting Learning Programme (SLP) at the Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching, Lancaster University and was awarded SEDA Supporting Learning Award. Subsequently, I became an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in 2012. I also hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) from the Department of Organisation and Educational Development at Lancaster University (2015) and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
I teach across the whole range of undergraduate and postgraduate Sociology programmes at Liverpool Hope University (for the full list of courses please see ‘Teaching Activities’ section on my Academic Profile).
I am currently engaged in several interdisciplinary research projects. First of all, I am interested in the politics of contemporary critique (understood as both a cultural phenomenon and an academic method). Specifically, my research into this topic focuses on two interrelated questions: ‘What are the implications of today’s culture of critique for politics and social change?’; and ‘How do the academic problematizations of critique affect the understanding of critical theory and its potential impact on social transformation?’.
Secondly, I am interested in the sociology of theology, attempting to highlight the significance of this rather neglected field of study for social, cultural and political theory, with special emphasis on the questions of governmentality, political order, subjectivity, counter-conduct, ethics, economics and alternative social structures.
Finally, my concerns with the contemporary problematique of critique and the sociology of theology find a productive convergence in my new research project on the sociology of spectacle. Furthering sociological imagination with respect to the effects of spectacles of power on the social, I intend to move beyond the questions of representation and identity politics by investigating the complex processes underpinning the spectacular methods of contemporary subjectification and their consequences for social relations and futures.
I am very happy to supervise students working in the following areas, broadly conceived: cultural and political sociology; critical theory; continental philosophy; sociology of theology; and aesthetics.
More specifically, I am interested in collaborating with individuals whose research concerns: the politics of critique; new social and cultural theories; alternatives to neoliberalism; construction of subjectivity; notions of reform and revolution; spectacles of power; resistance; contemporary political activism; re-emergence of fascism; and performativity.
I regularly present my work at international conferences and I am a member of Northern Theory School (http://www.northerntheoryschool.co.uk/).