Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

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Dr Jack Palmer

Teaching Fellow in Sociology

I finished my PhD in the department in March 2017, following the completion of an MA in Social and Political Thought in 2012. I began my role as a teaching fellow in the School of Sociology and Social Policy in September 2016. I contribute to a range of teaching and supervision across the school and I am also the joint honours tutor.

Research Interests

I am principally interested in theoretical debates concerning experiences, interpretations and trajectories of modernity, especially those of the societies of the Great Lakes region of Central Africa. As such, my work is related to the following:

  •  The comparative and historical sociology of modernity and modernisation, and transnational approaches to social change.
  •  The critique of Eurocentrism in social theory.
  •  Sociology of mass violence and conflict, particularly the conceptual, normative and empirical dimensions of genocide.
  •  Sociology of colonial-imperialism, decolonisation and postcolonialism.

These interests are explored in a book that I am currently writing based upon my doctoral research called Entanglements of Modernity, Colonialism and Genocide: Burundi and Rwanda in Historical-Sociological Perspective. This will be published by Routledge, as part of the Classical and Contemporary Social Theory series.


I teach mainly in the areas of social theory and historical sociology but have contributed to a diverse range of modules at undergraduate level, including: Understanding and Researching Contemporary Society (level one); Sociology of Modern Societies (level one); Crime and Deviance (level one); Central Problems in Sociology (level two); Urban Disorders, Social Divisions and Social Control (level two); Sociology of Consumerism (level three).

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