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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.

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 organization NISE (Nationalist Movements and Intermediary Structures in Europe). 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 From Saints to Sinners: Anglicanism, the Civilizing Mission and the Indian Residential Schools in Canada, is expected to be published in 2015.

I was born and raised in the City of Saskatoon, a former English Temperance colony founded near the site of the last major armed resistance to Canada’s westward expansion into the great northern 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 the small  city. 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.

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