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 TW, Dyslexia: the Government of Reading (United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillian, 2013)

  • Disability Studies Emerging Perspectives, ed. by Campbell TW and others (Leeds: Disability Press, 2008)

Journal articles

  • Beckett AE, Campbell T, ‘The social model of disability as an oppositional device’, Disability and Society, 30.2 (2015), 270-283
    DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2014.999912, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/83173/

  • Campbell TW, ‘The temporal horizon of ‘the choice’: Anxieties and banalities in ‘time’, modern and liquid modern’, Thesis Eleven, 118.1 (2013), 19-32
    DOI: 10.1177/0725513613500269

  • Campbell TW, ‘From Aphasia to Dyslexia, a Fragment of a Genealogy’, Health Sociology Review, 20.4 (2011)


  • Campbell TW, Till C, ‘Resistance Towards Ethics’, in Bauman's Challenge: Sociological Issues for the Twenty-First Century, ed. by Davis M and Tester K (palgrave macmillan, 2010)

  • Campbell TW, ‘Towards a Sociology of Impairment’, in Disability Studies Emerging Perspectives, ed. by Campbell T and others (Disability Press, [n.d.])

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