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Christy Kulz


Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow

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+ 44 (0)1223 767545


  • BA in Drama and Theatre Arts, Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • MA in Social Research, Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • PhD in Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • British Sociological Association
  • British Educational Research Association
  • International Sociology Association

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Christy Kulz is a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at Cambridge University's Faculty of Education working on a three year research grant entitled 'Governing schools, governing subjects: the academies programme, mobility dreamscapes and new formations of inequality'. The project will examine how the regulatory changes prompted by academies are being lived through everyday practices, as well as how students, teachers and parents engage with the mobility dreamscapes promoted by academies.

Christy completed a PhD in Sociology at Goldsmiths College that was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Her thesis was awarded the British Educational Research Association's Doctoral Dissertation Award in 2014.

She worked as postdoctoral research fellow at Goldsmiths, as the lead researcher on a project for the Communities Empowerment Network focusing on school exclusions and social inequality and funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and as a research associate at the Open University’s Department of Social Policy and Criminology. Christy has been a Visiting Scholar at New York University and the University of Copenhagen. Her research monograph, Factories for Learning: producing raced and classed inequality in the neoliberal academy school, will be published by Manchester University Press next year.

BJSE Early Career Prize, 2018 Society for Educational Studies First Place Book Prize for Factories for Learning.

Academic Area/Links

  • Sociology of Education
  • Class and Education
  • Education Policy
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Ethnographic Methods

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Research Topics

  • Ethnographic and visual research methods
  • Governance of urban spaces and subjectivities through neoliberal educational formats
  • Social implications of regulatory changes prompted by academisation
  • Feminist and Postcolonial Theory
  • Theory of Foucault and Bourdieu
  • Role of emotion, affect and desire, fantasy in neoliberal governance
  • (Re)production of inequalities through education
  • Social inequality and social justice

Current Research Project(s)

  • Governing schools, governing subjects: the academies programme, mobility dreamscapes and new formations of inequality (Leverhulme)

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Principal and Recent Publications

Kulz, C. (forthcoming 2017) Factories for Learning: making race and class in a secondary academy, Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Kulz, C. (2014) "'Structure Liberates?': Mixing for mobility and the cultural transformation of 'urban children' in a London Academy" in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Special Issue: New Racisms, New Racial Subjects.

Kulz, C. (2015) Heroic heads, mobility mythologies and the power of ambiguity, in British Journal of Sociology of Education. DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2015.1044071