Dr Kim Allen

Dr Kim Allen


My research interests span a range of areas including youth studies, education, social class, celebrity studies and the sociology of media and popular culture. A feminist researcher, my work is informed by a commitment to social justice.

I have worked on a range of research projects, including: ‘Celebrity Culture and Young People’s Classed and Gendered Aspirations’ (ESRC);  Young women’s transitions in austerity (British Academy); and most recently 'Living Gender in Diverse Times' (ESRC) with Sally Hines and Sharon Elley at SSP.

I sit on the editorial board of the British Journal of Sociology of Education; the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice; and the Journal of Cultural Analysis and Social Change.  


  • Module Convenor - Reality TV: Truth or Fiction
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Student education

I am module leader for Reality TV: Truth or Fiction (SLSP5370M)

I also teach on several modules across the school at undergraduate and postgraduate levels on topics including:

  • educational inequalities and identities
  • youth culture and sub-cultural studies
  • schooling and educational identities (class, gender, race)
  • gender, the media and popular culture
  • research methods (qualitative)
  • education policy and social justice.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies
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