Histories and futures of sex, gender and sexuality
I have a PhD in Critical and Cultural Theory from the English Department at Cardiff University. I am currently writing a social and medical history on intersex in Britain from the early 20th century in the Department of Sociology, working closely with colleagues in Psychology, here at the University of Surrey.
I'm interested in interdisciplinary sexualities research, particularly in historicising and contextualising scientific and medical ways of understanding bodies and practices related to sex, gender and sexuality.
I also run (with a little help from my friends) the FUTURESEX project. Find out more here.
Areas of specialism
University roles and responsibilities
- Chair of the University LGBTQI+ Staff Network
My research interests are varied, but centre around sex, gender and sexuality. In particular, I bring a number of different disciplines (including queer theory and feminist science studies) together to place medical and scientific conceptions of non-normative bodies and practices, in historical and cultural context. This has led me to research on: gay genes; sociobiology and evolutionary psychology; lichens, symbioses and ecologies; viruses and biopolitics; surgical and hormonal interventions on bodies (particularly those related to intersex/variations of sex characteristics); and medicine and temporality.
Currently, I am undertaking a Wellcome Trust University Award Research Fellowship on the history of intersex in the UK. I am working closely with Prof Peter Hegarty in the department of Psychology on this project.
I teach in the Department of Sociology.
Current modules are:
- Internet and Society
- Media, Power and Control
- Communicating Difference in Visual Media
- Dimensions of Social Change
variations, has been under scrutiny since the beginnings of intersex activism in the
1990s. This article explores a history of intersex surgeries in Britain and the interaction
with medical and popular discourses around ?sex-change? between 1930 and 1955.
A focus on this period in Britain helps to critically elaborate on debates in intersex
scholarship; provides historical context for the introduction of approaches and protocols
based on John Money and colleagues? work in the USA in the mid-century; and
analyses a long history of tension and intersection between trans and intersex experiences,
treatments, politics and popular representations that continue into the present.