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Sociology Welcomes New Colleagues

Sociology at Edinburgh are very pleased to welcome 3 new colleagues who have recently joined us


Karen Gregory is a Lecturer in Digital Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. She comes to the University from the City University of New York (CUNY), where she has been teaching as an Instructional Technology Fellow and as a Lecturer for the past five years. Her research focuses on the experience of working online and the embodied nature of digital labor. She is currently at work on a project that explores the possibilities for solidarity in a digital economy. She joins the University of Edinburgh to help design, develop, and run the new Digital Sociology Master’s Program (to run in 2017.) Her co-edited book The Digital Sociology Handbook (Policy Press) is expected in the fall of 2016. When she’s not on Twitter, you can probably find Karen in one Edinburgh’s beautiful parks with her pug.  


Rachel HowellRachel Howell joined the School as a Lecturer in Sociology/Sustainable Development in August 2015 after holding a Research Fellowship on 'Human Dimensions of Climate Change' at Aberystwyth University. My research interests include lower-carbon/sustainable lifestyles; pro-environmental behaviour change; climate change communications and discourses; social movements for sustainability; and perceptions of, and responses to, unconventional energy, energy demand reduction technologies and energy/climate change-related policies. I'm an interdisciplinary environmental social scientist, and my research employs both qualitative and quantitative methods, often in combination. A key role for me here is teaching on and helping to develop the undergraduate MA in Sustainable Development, which is a brilliant degree that I'm really enjoying being part of. Previously I have worked at grassroots level with marginalised people, and been joint co-ordinator of a small charity promoting sustainability, so I bring a 'practitioner' perspective to my academic life, and am keen on being involved in public events and debates on climate change and sustainability.


Lisa McCormick

Lisa McCormick is a cultural sociologist who joins the SSPS as Lecturer in Sociology after having achieved tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at Haverford College (USA). She has published widely in the sociology of the arts. Later this month, she will be hosting a book launch for Performing Civility: International Competitions in Classical Music (Cambridge University Press); this book builds on previous research on competitions which was awarded the SAGE prize in excellence and/or innovation by the BSA. While she continues to explore music and civility in her ongoing work on symphonic diplomacy and competition scandals, she is also developing new projects on music and death. Her article on the agency of dead musicians is forthcoming in Contemporary Social Science, and she is currently investigating the changing role of music in contemporary funerals. In addition to serving on the editorial board for the journal Cultural Sociology, she is also an associate editor for the American Journal of Cultural Sociology and an editorial board member for Music and Art in Action. She is proud to be a faculty fellow with the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University and a research associate with the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath.

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