Steve Garner

Head of Criminology and Sociology

School of Social Sciences
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Dr Steve Garner has studied and worked around the globe, in countries such as England, France, Ireland, and the USA, focusing on questions such as "What does ‘race’ mean?", "How does racism work?", and "How can racial equality be achieved?".

After finishing his PhD in France, Dr Garner worked outside academia before getting a job at University College Cork, where he stayed for three years before returning to England to work at the University of Western England in Bristol, Aston University, and the Open University, before taking the role of Head of Criminology and Sociology at Birmingham City University.

He has also twice been a visiting professor at the University of Paris-Diderot (in the research unit on Migration and Society); and a distinguished visiting professor at University of California-Los Angeles (in Afro-American Studies).

Dr Garner has written for key journals in his field and published books that are recognized for both substantive contributions to the area and to the teaching on ‘race’: his books ‘Racisms’, and ‘Whiteness’ are used on courses across the world.

Areas of Expertise
  • Race and racism
  • Ethnicity
  • Immigration
  • Social class
  • Social identities
  • Whiteness
  • Englishness / Britishness
  • Irish studies
  • Caribbean studies
  • American studies
  • Nordic studies

British Sociological Association

American Sociological Association

Editorial board member and book review editor for Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (SRE)

Editorial board member of la Revue européenne des migrations internationales (REMI)

Editorial board member of Whiteness and Education



2015/16 Welfare and Well-Being (L4)


The racialisation of white identities in England; The practices of skin lightening in England



Garner, S. (2015) 'A Moral Economy of Whiteness: four frames of racializing discourse'. London: Routledge

Clarke, S. and Garner, S. (2010). 'White Identities: a critical sociological approach'London: Pluto Press

Garner, S. (2010) 'Racisms'. London: Sage

Garner, S. (2007) 'Guyana, 1838-1985: ethnicity, class and gender'. Kingston, JA: Ian Randle Press

Garner, S. (2007) 'Whiteness: an introduction'. London: Routledge

Selected articles

Garner, S. (2014) ‘Freeze frame?: resisting the relevance of films about slavery’. Discover Society, June 2014.

Garner, S. (2013) ‘The Racialization of Asylum in Provincial England: class, place and whiteness’. Identities, 20(5): 503-521.

Fassin, E. and Garner, S. (2013) 'Race’, Sexualities and the French Public Intellectual: an interview with Eric Fassin’. Ethnic and Racial Studies special issue on ‘Public Sociology’ 36(9): 1465-1484

Garner, S. (2013) 'Booming Tiger, Painted Wagons: reflections on ‘race’ in contemporary Ireland’. In J. Ulin, S. O’Brien (eds) Race and Immigration in Contemporary Ireland, South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press.

Garner, S. (2012) ‘A Moral Economy of Whiteness: Behaviours, belonging and Britishness’. Ethnicities 12(4): 445–464.

Bhattacharyya, G., Cowles, J., Garner, S. and Hussain, A. (2012) ‘Communities, Centres, Connections, Disconnections: Some Reflections on the Riots in Birmingham’. Sociological Research Online

Garner, S. (2010) ‘The Entitled Nation: how people make themselves white in contemporary England’, Sens Public, 

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