About

I am a sociologist of work and the life course. I am not the kind of sociologist who works with numbers and questionnaires, though I can do that, too. My work is mostly ethnographic and occasionally theoretical, asking “why” and “how” questions.

I want to know (1) how mathematicians are made and what happens to them when they are ready; (2) what it means to work as an academic in a time of precarity, marketisation, metricisation and globalisation of scientific and knowledge labour.

My earlier research was about maritime labour and post-socialism (forthcoming book with Berghahn). I defended my PhD at the University of Warwick in 2012.

From 2010 to 2018 I edited The Sociological Imagination with Mark Carrigan. The site grew to be huge and had a long and happy life but came to an end in 2018. Sadia Habib and I continued its Facebook and Twitter presence for another year or so. Mark and I wrote an article about the Sociological Imagination here.

If you read this and want to get in touch, and are not a bot, I’ll be thrilled to hear from you by email at <name dot surname AT gmail dot com>.

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