I am a sociologist interested in understanding the effects of changing norms of gender and sexuality in Western cultures, particularly related to improving attitudes toward sexual minorities. Empirically documenting the erosion of homophobia in educational and sporting settings, as well as in the wider culture, my research explores how this has resulted in an expansion of gendered behaviours for male youth and documents the improvement in life experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth. My next book is about the changing experiences of bisexual men, to be published with Springer Press and co-authored with Eric Anderson. In 2014, I undertook a Visiting Professorship at Cornell University, researching ‘mostly gay’ and ‘mostly straight’ men with Professor Ritch Savin-Williams.
I am a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Durham University and Co-Director of the Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities, in the School of Applied Social Sciences. I moved to Durham after spending two years as a Lecturer at Brunel University, having completed my Ph.D at the University of Bath in 2010 under the supervision of Professor Eric Anderson. I have undertaken research for Durex examining issues related to dating and safe sex. My research has garnered considerable media attention, and I have appeared on shows including The Surgery on BBC Radio 1, Woman’s Hour and Thinking Allowed on BBC Radio 4, Nightwaves on BBC Radio 3, The World Service, and Q with Jian Ghomeshi on CBC Radio 1. My research has been covered in newspapers including The Observer, The Sunday Times and The Daily Mail, as well as in multiple print and on-line magazines, including The Economist, New Internationalist, Playboy and The Huffington Post. I have also appeared on HuffPost Live to discuss the changing nature of homosexually themed language.
I welcome inquiries from the media and those interested in pursuing research in masculinities and sexualities.