Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Dr Tom Campbell

Lecturer in Social Theory

I completed my first degree in Sociology, my MA in Social Research and my doctoral research, a genealogy of dyslexia, all here at the University of Leeds.  I work mainly in the areas of Social Theory and Disability Studies, influenced primarily by Michel Foucault, and in particular his writings of the early and mid nineteen-seventies.

Research Interests

Genealogical investigations of impairment categories, with dyslexia being the current object of inquiry ; biopolitics and disability; recent and contemporary social theory, particularly Zygmunt Bauman; Michel Foucault; Norbet Elias and Giles Deleuze.


I am involved in teaching Social Theory within the school, with a particular emphasis on the history of sociology, classical and contemporary social theory. I am involved in the delivery of Sociological Thinking at Level 1; Central Problems in Sociology at Level 2; I am the module convener of Reading the Classics at level 3.  I also make contributions to other modules within the school as guest lecturer.

Key Publications


Campbell, T. (2013). Dyslexia: The Government of Reading. London: Palgrave Macmillan

Journal Articles

Campbell T; Beckett A (2015) “The social model of disability as oppositional device”, Disability and Society. 30.2: 270-283.

Repository URL [eprints.whiterose.ac.uk]

Campbell, T. (2013). 'The temporal horizon of ‘the choice’: Anxieties and banalities in ‘time’, modern and liquid modern' Thesis Eleven October 118: 19-32

Campbell, T. (2011). From aphasia to dyslexia, a fragment of a genealogy: An analysis of the formation of a 'medical diagnosis'. Health Sociology Review, 20(4), 450-461.

Book Chapters 

Campbell, T. and Till, C. (2010) ‘Resistance Towards Ethics’ in M. Davis and K. Tester. Bauman’s Challenge: Sociological Issues for the 21st Century. London: Palgrave.

Campbell, T. (2008) ‘Towards a Sociology of Impairment’ in T. Campbell, F. Fontes, L. Hemingway, A. Soorenian and C.Till. Disability Studies: Emerging Insights and Perspectives. Leeds: The Disability Press.

Edited Books

Campbell, T., Fontes, F., Hemingway, L., Soorenian, A. and Till, C. (2008) Disability Studies: Emerging Insights and Perspectives. Leeds: The Disability Press.

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