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Academic Background

My academic background is rooted in sociology, albeit with a strong inter-disciplinary orientation. I studied at York University, where I gained my BA (Hons) degree in Sociology and an MA degree in the Sociology of Contemporary Culture. From York I moved to Lancaster University, where I obtained my PhD, focused upon critical social & political theory.

After completing my studies, I worked at Lancaster in a number of roles - as a Research Associate (in the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change), as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Sociology, and latterly as a Lecturer in Criminology in the Department of Applied Social Sciences. I left Lancaster for a post as Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Kent, and thence moved to Keele University where I was Senior Lecturer in Criminology and the Director of the Centre for Criminological Research. In 2008 I moved to the University of Hull to take up my current position as Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social Sciences.

My academic work spans a number of substantive areas and disciplinary fields: I research and write about the Internet and new media (especially 'cybercrime' and intellectual property), popular culture, social and political theory, and criminological thought. I currently teach introductory sociology, research methods, and the sociology of popular culture and sexual culture.