Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Dr Sally Hines

Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies

I am an Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies in the School of Sociology and Social Policy and the Director of the Centre of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (CIGS). I work in the areas of gender, sexuality, intimacy and the body; addressing transformations in these identity practices and looking at how these shifts feed into theoretical debates around citizenship, recognition and social movements.  The focus on the intersections – and disconnections - of gender and sexuality are brought together in my body of work on transgender.  

Research Interests

My current research focuses on the interplay between social, cultural and legal shifts around gender and sexuality.  I am particularly interested in the role of social movements in changing gendered and sexual understandings and practices, especially around questions of ‘difference’.  Between 2008 - 2010 I was PI of an ESRC grant 'Gender Diversity, Recognition and Citizenship', the findings of which will form a forthcoming book 'Gender Diversity, Recognition and Citizenship: Towards a Politics of Difference (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). The project led to an ESRC funded Knowledge Exchange Project 'Recognizing Diversity?: Equalities in Principle and Practice (2009-2010).  I am co- grant holder (with Prof. Yvette Taylor) of the ESRC Seminar Series 'Critical Diversities' (2012-2014) and co-editor of the Routledge Book Series 'Advances in Critical Diversities'. I am currently working on two book projects, a co-authored book on Critical Diversities and a sole-authored book 'Gender, Society and Culture' (Sage, 2015). I am co-founder and co-convener of the British Sociological Association (BSA) Gender Study Group.


I convene the undergraduate module 'Sociology of Gender'.  At Masters Level I convene 'Theorising Gender' and 'Queer(y)ing Sexualities'.  I also teach on the modules 'Researching Gender' and 'Contested Bodies'.  At Masters level, I also contribute to the supervision of dissertations and research projects.

PhD Supervision

The broad areas I am interested in supervising at PhD level are:

  • Transgender and gender diversity
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • The body
  • Intimacies
  • Citizenship, recognition and social movements

I currently supervise PhD students who are working in the following areas: Young Adults’ Sexualities within Schools; FtM Embodiment and Identities; Masculinities and War; Asexuality; Sexuality, Gender and Class; Feminist Negotiations olf Heterosexuality; Male Escorts.

Key Publications

Sole Authored Book

Hines, S. (2007) TransForming Gender: Transgender Practices of Identity and Intimacy, Policy Press.

Hines, S. (forthcoming 2013) Gender Diversity, Recognition and Citizenship: Towards a politics of difference, Palgrave

Edited Collections

Hines, S and Sanger, T.(eds.) (2010) Transgender Identities: Towards a Social Analysis of Gender Diversity,  Routledge.

Hines, S. (with Taylor, Y. and Casey M.) (eds.) (2010) Theorising Intersectionality and Sexuality, Palgrave MacMillan.

Hines, S. (with Taylor, Y.) (2012) Sexualities: Reflections and Futures, Palgrave MacMillan.

Hines, S. (with Browne, K. and Nash, C. (eds.) (2010) Special Issue of Gender, Place and Culture:  Towards a Trans Geography.

*Please see link to full list of publications

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