Professor Sally Hines

Professor Sally Hines


I am a Professor of Sociology and Gender Identities in the School of Sociology and Social Policy I work in the areas of gender, sexuality, intimacy, and the body; addressing transformations in these identity practices and everyday experiences. I am interested in how substantive changes feed into theoretical debates around citizenship, recognition and social movements. The focus on the intersections – and disconnections - of gender, sexuality, and embodiment are brought together in my body of work on transgender.   

I have published widely in the areas of transgender, gender, sexuality, intimacy, the body and feminist politics and theory .Book publications include ‘TransForming Gender: Transgender Practices of Identity, Intimacy and Care’ (Policy Press, 2007); ‘Gender Diversity, Recognition and Citizenship: Towards a Politics of Difference’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and ‘Is Gender Fluid’: A Primer for the 21st Century’ (Thames and Hudson, 2018).  I am co-editor of the Routledge Book Series 'Advances in Critical Diversities'. 

Research interests

I am the Principle Investigator of a 3 year international project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (2017-2021) ‘Trans Pregnancy An International Exploration of Trans Masculine Experiences and Practices of Reproduction. With Co-Investigators from the UK, US, Australia and Italy, the project represents the first study to address the sociological and health care implications of the reproductive practices of people who become pregnant and/or give birth after transitioning from female to male.

I am also the Principle Investigator of a 3 year project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (2017-2021) titled Living Gender in Diverse Times: Young People’s Understandings and Practices of Gender in the Contemporary UK. With co-investigators Sharon Elley, Kim Allan and Mike Bannon (University of Leeds) the project exploresyoung people’s understandings and practices of gender in contemporary UK society through a number of conceptual and substantive lenses: identity, embodiment and expression; practices of intimate and family life; peer and friendship networks; leisure and social media spaces; spaces of education and work; the media. The project seeks to fuse the material and the cultural dimensions of everyday life in addressing the intersections across and between these sites.

My previous work has addressed the role of social movements in changing gendered and sexual understandings and practices, especially around questions of ‘difference’.  Between 2008 - 2010 I was PI on the ESRC grant ‘Gender Diversity, Recognition and Citizenship', the findings of which are explored in my book 'Gender Diversity, Recognition and Citizenship: Towards a Politics of Difference (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). The project led to an ESRC funded Knowledge Exchange Project 'Recognizing Diversity?: Equalities in Principle and Practice (2009-2010). Between 2011 – 2013 I was co- grant holder of the ESRC Seminar Series 'Critical Diversities'.

PhD Supervision

I have much experience of supervising PhD students to completion. Previous PhD students have worked in the areas of masculinity and music; masculinity and war; asexuality; transgender; feminism and heterosexuality; heterosex; sexwork; non-binary identity; gender diversity;gender verification in sport; young people and social media. I currently supervise PhD students who are working in the following areas: bisexuality and violence; masculinity and sexuality; sexism in Left politics; inclusivity in domestic violence service provision; class and sexuality

I am interested in supervising topics related to the broad areas of:

  • Transgender and gender diversity
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • The body
  • Intimacies
  • Citizenship, recognition and social movements

Research projects

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Student education

I have taught widely on modules relating to gender, sexualities, the media and inequalities.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies

Current postgraduate research students

Postgraduate research opportunities

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