Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

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Dr Karen Cuthbert

Research Fellow

I joined the School in March 2018 where I am working on the ESRC-funded project “Living Gender in Diverse Times” with Professor Sally Hines, Dr Kim Allen, and Dr Sharon Elley.

Previous to this, I worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Strathclyde on a project exploring the experiences of queer religious young people, and as a tutor in Sociology and Qualitative Methods at the University of Glasgow. 

My PhD (from the University of Glasgow) was awarded in 2017. My thesis looked at gendered experiences and constructions of asexuality and of sexual abstinence, using these empirical ‘sites’ to contribute to broader theorisations of gender and sexuality’s inter-relationship.

Research Interests

  • Asexuality, sexual abstinence, and forms of ‘non’ sexuality
  • The relationship between gender and sexuality/sexualities
  • Feminist and queer theories
  • The lived experience of gender, including gendered embodiment
  • Changing constructions of gender
  • The idea of ‘normativity’
  • The social and political context of hetero-patriarchy

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