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eric5I’m a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Sociology at the University of East London. I am also a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University and an Advisor to the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism at the London School School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). I serve on the editorial boards of the scholarly journals Cultural Sociology and Nations and Nationalism. My PhD was awarded by the LSE in 2012. I’m lover of languages, and read and write in French and Spanish, and will hopefully someday be able to do the same with Russian.

My research lies at the intersection of cultural, historical and political sociology, with a focus on nationalism, religion and empire. I’m currently at the outset of a comparative study of national identity after the loss of empire,  while also leading the creation of a comprehensive annotated bibliography of the study of nationalism in partnership with the Antwerp-based research organization NISE (National Movements and Intermediary Structures in Europe) and ASEN. My most recent book, The Cultural Politics of Nationalism and Nation-building: Ritual and Performance in the Forging of Nations, was published with Routledge in 2013. My book for Palgrave, provisionally entitled, Saints to Sinners: Anglicanism, the Civilizing Mission and the Indian Residential Schools in Canada, is expected to be published in 2015.

For nearly a decade, I’ve lived in London. Quite unexpectedly, I’ve fallen in love with the swirling and twirling of the fast-changing metropolis. Previously, I spent stints living and working in a variety of cities and countries, including: New Haven, USA; Toronto, Canada, Chervnivtsi, Ukraine; Belfast, UK; Trois Pistoles, Canada; and Washington, D.C. I was born and raised in the City of Saskatoon, a former Temperance colony founded near the site of the last major armed resistance to Canada’s westward expansion into the great plains of North America. In recent times, Saskatoon has been referred to as the ‘Paris of the Prairies’ and the ‘Violent Crime Capital of Canada,’ a seeming contradiction which gives the lie to the deep social cleavages that define a small  city that has yet to chart a route beyond its colonial origins.

Before I decided to pursue academia as a career, my work experience was mainly spent outdoors. I’ve worked as a tree-planter, grounds-keeper, and road-builder. Sometimes, when the weather is especially good, I find myself dreaming of my former self, working alone on a mountain-side, planting trees.

If you would like to get in touch on any aspect of my research interests, or publications please drop me an email E.T.Woods@uel.ac.uk or tweet Follow @EricTaylorWoods