Welcome to my website!

photo3I’m a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Sociology at the University of East London and a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University. I am also a member of the editorial team of the scholarly journal Nations and Nationalism and a Faculty Advisor to the LSE-based Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism.  I earned my PhD from the LSE in 2012, which was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Birkbeck, University of London.

My current interests are in the symbolic politics of nationalism, ethnicity, conflict, redress and reconciliation. I have lately become fascinated by the ‘performative turn’ in macro cultural sociology, and my recent work has drawn on Jeffrey Alexander, Ron Eyerman, Victor Turner, and Robin Wagner-Pacifici, among others.

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. 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 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