LSE Review of Books is delighted to announce the launch of our new Advisory Board!
LSE RB and our sister blog, Impact of Social Sciences, recently celebrated our 4th birthday. As we outlined in our reflections on the feedback from our Reader Community Survey, we wanted to take a moment to consider what the blogs have undertaken over the past 4 years and the ways that they can continue to grow. As we plan the future directions of LSE RB, not only do we want to ensure that we do this in dialogue with our invaluable reader and contributor communities, but also that we are responsive to the changing landscape of the social sciences, both within and across disciplines, as well as to transformations in academic publishing.
To help us to effectively navigate these ever-shifting terrains and to explore exciting future possibilities for the blog, we approached a number of figures within our LSE community and beyond, drawn from a range of disciplines, sectors and backgrounds, including the wider publishing world. All have been champions of the LSE RB blog as readers and contributors over the past 4 years, and they have generously agreed to provide their expertise, support and advice to LSE RB as we look to new opportunities for developing the blog in the coming future.
Therefore, without further ado, we would like to introduce our new Advisory Board!
Nick is Assistant Professor in Media and Communications, LSE. His work is based on the intersection between political communication and political institutions. He has published in world-leading academic journals, examining topics including the relationship between online political donations and campaign finance law, televised election debates in parliamentary democracy and new ways of measuring public opinion using social media metrics. Nick regularly appears on national and international media as a political commentator, including Newsnight, The One Show, Radio 4 and 5 and the World Service. He tweets @nickanstead.
Mukulika is Associate Professor in Social Anthropology and the Director of the LSE’s South Asia Centre. Her research interests are on the cultural meanings of democracy in South Asia, especially India, and in political anthropology more generally. Her most recent publication, Why India Votes? (2014), explores the reasons behind India’s rising trends of voter participation. She is currently completing a manuscript based on 15 years of engagement with a village in India to explain the sources of democratic thinking in Indian social life.
Patrick is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at LSE, where he has worked since 1979. He founded LSE Public Policy Group in 1992 and became a (founding) member of the Academy of the Social Sciences in 1999. He has published numerous books and over 50 journal articles on political science theory, British politics and urban politics.
Mary is LSE Centennial Professor at the Gender Institute. Prior to coming to the LSE as a Visiting Fellow, she taught Women’s Studies and Sociology at the University of Kent. The primary focus of Mary’s work is those narratives (be they fictional or otherwise) through which we construct our social identity. She is particularly interested in the part that gender and class play in these narratives and the ways in which narratives of ourselves are an essential part of what we define as the modern.
Louise is Deputy Head of Events at the LSE and the Manager of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival. Louise has so far organised eight Literary Festivals at LSE since the launch of the event in 2008, with the most recent Literary Festival focusing on the theme of ‘Utopia‘ to mark the 500-year anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s groundbreaking work.
Suzi is Assistant Professor in Sociology at LSE. She is an urban ethnographer, and has practised as an architect in South Africa. Her research and teaching interests include social and economic forms of inclusion and exclusion in the context of global urbanisation, and she currently focuses on the micro-economies and spaces of urban migration. Suzi is a recipient of the LSE’s Robert McKenzie Prize for outstanding PhD research (2010) and the Rome Scholarship in Architecture (1998-99). Her research monograph, City, Street and Citizen: The Measure of the Ordinary, was published in 2012.
Katie is Publisher at SAGE. She is responsible for the content strategy and development of SAGE’s award-winning online platform for researchers, SAGE Research Methods. Katie has been involved in the development of brand new forms of online publishing, including SAGE Research Methods Cases, SAGE Research Methods Datasets and SAGE Research Methods Video. She tweets @KMetzlerSAGE.
Mike joined the LSE in 2012 and is now Martin White Professor. He has been Head of the Department of Sociology between 2013-16. Mike’s primary research interest is in analysing social stratification and inequality, and he has played a key role in the revival of the sociology of social class. Mike was part of the team behind the BBC’s Great British Class Survey and the recent book, Social Class in the 21st Century (2015). Mike is co-Director of LSE’s International Inequalities Institute, where he is the initial Academic Director of the Atlantic Fellows programme, the largest global programme in the world devoted to challenging inequalities.
Neil is the Digital Library Manager at LSE Library. He manages LSE’s Digital Library, an online repository of digitised and born digital materials from LSE Library’s rich collection of social science holdings. He is interested in digital scholarship, digitisation for scholarly re-use, research data management, open access, open science and web technologies for libraries. Neil holds Master’s degrees in International Relations (Manchester) and Library and Information Science (UCL).