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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 leading an externally-funded project mapping research on nationalism from a thematic perspective, as well as conducting a comparative study of national identity after loss of empire. 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. My most recent book is entitled The Cultural Politics of Nationalism and Nation-building: Ritual and Performance in the Forging of Nations (Routledge, 2013).

I was born and raised in the City of Saskatoon, a former English Temperance colony founded near the site of the last major armed Indigenous resistance to Canada’s westward expansion. In recent times, Saskatoon has been referred to as the ‘Paris of the Prairies’ and the ‘Violent Crime Capital of Canada.’ I am addicted to the runner’s high and a voracious consumer of books and music. I live with my best friend and lover near Finsbury Park in north London.

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