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Sarah Burton

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology

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Sarah is Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow in the Department of Sociology at City, University of London. Prior to joining city, Sarah completed her PhD at Goldsmiths in 2017 and held positions at the University of Glasgow and Durham University. She is a member of Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network at the University of Glasgow, where she is also a Visiting Researcher.

Sarah is also co-convenor of the British Sociological Association Early Career Forum and sits on the Executive Committee of the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association.

Sarah’s research addresses the relationship between knowledge, knowledge production and concepts of cosmopolitanism, modernity, value, and neoliberalism. Her Leverhulme project focuses on the figure of ‘the intellectual’ and how this relates to ideas of experts, expertise, language, and the public sphere. Her work brings together social and literary theory, political sociology, and ethnographic and literary/creative methods.


  1. PhD in Sociology, Goldsmiths University of London, United Kingdom
  2. MRes in Sociology and Research Methods, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
  3. MLitt in English Literature, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
  4. PGCE, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  5. BA (Hons) English Literature, Newcastle University, United Kingdom


  1. Teaching Fellow in Sociology, Durham University, 2017 – 2018



  1. Burton, S. (2018). Writing Yourself In? The Price of Playing the (Feminist) Game in the Neoliberal University. Feeling Academic in the Neoliberal University (pp. 115–136). Springer International Publishing. ISBN 978-3-319-64223-9.

Journal articles (4)

  1. Burton, S. and Clancy, L. (2018). Introduction: New Writings in Feminist and Women’s Studies. Journal of International Women's Studies, 19(1), pp. 1–5.
  2. Burton, S. (2016). Becoming Sociological: Disciplinarity and a Sense of ‘Home’. Sociology, 50(5), pp. 984–992. doi:10.1177/0038038516629910.
  3. Burton, S. (2015). The Monstrous ‘White Theory Boy’: Symbolic Capital, Pedagogy and the Politics of Knowledge. Sociological Research Online, 20(3), pp. 167–177. doi:10.5153/sro.3746.
  4. Burton, S., Alvaro, D., Ariztía, T., Barozet, E., Basaure, M., Bielsa, E. … Wajcman, J. (2015). Experimento: ¿Cómo escribir lo social. Cuadernos de Teoría Social, 1(2), pp. 49–69.