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 and social identities and inequalities such as gender, social class and ethnicity. I have recently conducted research on parents' perspectives on preparing lunchboxes for their children and mothers' perspectives on feeding the family in hard times. I am currently involved in empirical research projects investigating 1) the changing nature of grandparenting in Britain 2) arts based and participative approaches to research in women's refuges 3) gender and ballroom dancing 4) food poverty in Liverpool and Stoke-on-Trent.
Semester 1Current Sociology (SOC1037)Cultures of Race and Racism (SOC3033)
Semester 2Qualitative Field Methods (SOC1026)
Previously I have taught a range of subjects including social problems and social policy, sociology of family life, race and ethnicity in contemporary Britain and social identities, consumption and difference.
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 and Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching.
I am a member of the British Sociological Association and International Sociological Association. I am a 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.