My journey into the social sciences began with a visceral interest in politics as a teenager. I was steeped in politics growing up and studied politics enthusiastically at A-level, almost to the detriment of my other subjects, and I was only introduced to sociology, which wasn't offered at my school, by my girlfriend who happened to be studying it at college. As I began reading Marx and other classics of social theory the concerns of political science came to seem a little narrow. I was soon converted, and after a year of studying politics I transferred to sociology and went on to graduate in that subject. Having grown to love the city I stayed on to study for my Masters and PhD at Manchester. My doctoral thesis drew upon actor-network theory to develop a socio-material history of dairy milk in the UK. Upon completion I was lucky enough to secure my first post as Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Aberdeen, and I was delighted to have the opportunity to return to Manchester Sociology two years later.
I continue to be inspired by the critical possibilities of sociology, but I am also increasingly concerned with the deletions and purifications of social thought, and by the ontological politics of its ways of knowing.