Mr Neal Harris

Post:Research student (Sociology)
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I am an interdisciplinary Critical Theorist with teaching experience in classical and modern social theory, Frankfurt School Critical Theory, political theory, social and political philosophy, and criminology. In addition to other posts, I have worked as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Brighton and as a Guest Lecturer and Doctoral Tutor at the University of Sussex.

I was awarded my PhD. in July 2019 for the thesis 'Beyond Recognition: A Critique of Contemporary Social Pathology Diagnosis'. My research was supervised by Professor Gerard Delanty and Dr. James Hardie-Bick. My thesis was examined by Professor Michael J. Thompson (William Patterson, NJ) and Professor Darrow Schecter (Sussex) and passed without corrections.

I have work published in the European Journal of Social Theory, Social Science Information, Studies in Social and Political Thought and the Marx and Philosophy Review of Books. I have a co-authored chapter with Professor Gerard Delanty, 'The idea of Critical Cosmopolitanism' published in The Routledge International Handbook of Cosmopolitan Studies (2018).

Throughout 2017 I supported Dr. Suraj Lakhani on an ESRC funded project 'Safeguarding: Developing a new methodology to cultivate co-production between the public sector, third sector agencies, and academics'.

I am a board member of the Marx and Philosophy Society and I work as an editor for the Marx and Philosophy Review of Books. I was guest editor of the European Journal of Social Theory for a special issue on Social Pathologies.

I am always up for discussing ideas, just drop me an email. I am currently thinking about how Critical Theoretical ideas help our study of, and engagement with, the digital world. 



University of Sussex (2014-2015)

Social and Political Thought, MA, Distinction

The Open University (2011-2014)

Politics and Philosophy ("Open Degree") BA (Hons), First Class


Beyond academia, I'm always up for a game of table tennis, I'm fascinated by anything vaguely related to aviation, and am slowly learning Hindi. 

I actively support the Labour Party, having stood for councillor in the 2015 election.