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Dr Steve Garner

Research Fellow

School of Social Sciences

+44 29225 10956
2.2, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA


‘Who am I?’

When you answer the question you usually have more than one answer, connecting you to larger groups or categories of people: families; places; nations; groups that are defined by culture and/or other attributes including physical appearance. I’m a sociologist interested in how these connections both inform identity; how they position us in the complicated and interwoven social hierarchies of class, ‘race’, gender and nation; and how those hierarchies impact on our lives.

I have been researching and teaching on social inequalities for two decades, and I’ve worked in France, Ireland, the US, England, and Wales. I have published more than 60 articles, books, chapters and reports on racism, and how race overlaps with class and national identities. I have a particular focus on white identities. In addition to publishing and speaking widely on these issues, I am occasionally invited to contribute to such discussions, such as BBC Radio 4’s Analysis and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre podcasts over the last year.


Professional memberships

  • British Sociological Association (BSA)
  • American Sociologial Association (ASA)
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (HEA)

Academic positions


  • 2019-22 Senior Research Fellow, Y Lab (public service innovation research centre)
  • 2018-21 Research Fellow, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, on ESRC FE Governance project
  • 2018-19    Senior Teaching Associate, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, Bristol University; Member of Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship;. 
  • 2015-18    Head of Criminology & Sociology Dept. & Professor of Critical Race Studies, Birmingham City University.
  • 2013-15    Senior Lecturer in Social Policy & Co-Director of Migration and Belonging Research Programme, Centre for Citizenship, Identity and Governance (CCIG), The Open University.
  • 2010-13   Senior Lecturer in Sociology & Co-Director of InterLanD research centre, Aston University, Birmingham.
  • 2008-10    Lecturer in Sociology, Aston University, Birmingham.
  • 2003-08   Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Bristol-University of the West of England.
  • 2002-03    College Lecturer, University College Cork, Ireland. Dept. of Applied Social Studies;  
  • 2001-02    College Lecturer, University College, Cork, Dept. of Sociology.
  • 2000-01    Research Fellow, University College, Cork, Dept. of Sociology:
  • 1999-2001  Project Manager, South West Regional Authority, Cork, Ireland
  • 1999 Field Co-Ordinator, Central Statistics Office, Cork.
  • 1997-2006:  Translator: a) E.I.R.O (European Industrial Relations Observatory) 1997-2006; b) Ubutabera (fortnightly online newspaper for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda), produced by Intermédia, 1998-2000.
  • 1993/95:& 1996/97  Lecturer, université Paris IV- Sorbonne, Dept. of Anglophone Studies
  • 1995/96:  Lecturer, université du Maine, Le Mans. Dept of Anglophone Studies. 

Committees and reviewing

  • Member of founding editorial team & Book Review Editor of The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (American Sociological Association), 2014-21
  • Editorial Board Member of la Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales (REMI), 2014-
  • Editorial Board Member of Whiteness and Education, 2015-
  • Editorial Board member of Sociological Research Online, 2006-09.
  • Editorial board member of online open-access journal, Translocations, 2009-13:
  • Grant reviewer: ESRC, AHRC and Leverhulme Trust., Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and Icelandic Social Science Funding Council
  • External Examiner: Fabulty of Law, Royal Holloway College, University of London (RHUL) 2018-22
  • External Examiner: University of the West of Scotland, Department of Sociology and Politics, 2010-13.
  • Member of External Quality Review Group for Department of Sociology, NUI Maynooth, 2017.
  • I have reviewed for over 30 journals in the social sciences and humanities since 2004.





  • Garner, S. 2017. Racisms: An introduction. Sage.
  • Garner, S. 2017. Politics and ethnicity in the Guianas. In: Hoefte, R., Bishop, M. L. and Clegg, P. eds. Post-Colonial Trajectories in the Caribbean: The Three Guianas. The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series London and New York: Routledge, pp. 59-71.



Although I have a lot of teaching experience my contracts at Cardiff are Research-specific.However, I am still doing a small amoutn of teaching.

This year I will be teaching on the Year 2 module, Race, Ethnicity and Migration in semester 2.