My initial interest in the social sciences was driven by a visceral engagement with politics, but this eventually led me into reading some of the classics of critical social theory, and I was soon converted to sociology. I gained my PhD in Sociology from the University of Manchester in 2007. My thesis drew upon actor-network theory and Foucaultian genealogy to develop a socio-material history of dairy milk in the UK, which was also a posthumanist critique of modernity worked through an archive study of milk. Upon completion I was lucky enough to secure my first academic post at the University of Aberdeen, and I was delighted to have the opportunity to return to Manchester as Lecturer in 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 characteristic ways of knowing.