I joined the University of Surrey as a Senior Lecturer in Sociology in August 2017. Prior to this I worked at Royal Holloway, University of London for 12 years as a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer. I have a BA (Hons) Social Policy from the University of Sussex, an MPhil in Criminological Research from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from Royal Holloway.
My research interests include family life, gender, food practices and social inequalities. My research has been published in journals including Sociology, Sociology of Health and Illness, Families, Relationships and Societies, International Journal of Consumer Studies, Young Consumers, the European Journal of Marketing and Ethnic and Racial Studies. With Benedetta Cappellini and Charlotte Faircloth I am the co-editor of Feeding Children Inside and Outside the Home: Critical Perspectives (Routledge, 2019). I have also written a book on gender and ballroom dancing (Palgrave, 2019).
Vicki's current research projects investigate: 1) the changing nature of grandparenting 2) transnational grandparenting 3) gender and dancing.
Semester 1 Current Sociology (SOC1037) Cultures of Race and Racism (SOC3033)
Semester 2 Social Divisions and Social Identities (SOC1049) and Families and Societies (SOC3034)
Previously I have taught a range of subjects including social problems and social policy, qualitative field methods, consumption and social identities.
I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students in any of the areas above or related areas. For more details about the Sociology PhD programme at Surrey please see here.
I am the Programme Director for BSc Sociology.
I am a member of the British Sociological Association and International Sociological Association. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
University roles and responsibilities
- Programme Director for BSc Sociology
Indicators of esteem
Consumer Culture Theory Conference ‘Best Competitive Paper Award’ to Cappellini, B. Harman, V. Parsons, E. Marilli, A. for ‘Intensive Mothering in Hard Times: Foucauldian Ethical Self-Formation and Cruel Optimism, Odense, Denmark, July 2018.
International Sociological Association RC13 Young Leisure Scholar Award to Harman, V. for ‘Leading the Way? Male Ballroom and Latin American Dancers’, Vienna, Austria, July 2016.