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Dr Elizabeth Reed BA (Hons), MA, PhD

Lecturer in Sociology, Senior Tutor (Department)

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Elizabeth Reed is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Southampton. She is a cultural sociologist whose research and writing focuses on LGBTQ personal life, families, contemporary childhood, and the role of media and cultural representations in identity-making.

Lizzie’s research explores LGBTQ lives, queer families and queer-life-building, intimate and domestic lives, childhood, work, and media representation. Prior to joining Southampton in 2019, Lizzie was a Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London and has also worked at the University of the West of England, and the University of Sussex in various teaching and research roles.

Research interests

Lizzie’s research straddles a number of disciplinary areas including sociology, cultural studies, media studies, queer theory, and gender studies.

Recent research projects Lizzie has led or collaborated on have included:

  • ‘Being Rey’ which explored the ways in which girls and their parents consumed Rey from Star Wars as media text.
  • ‘Making Queer Families’ which looked at how LGBTQ people navigated cultural invisibility as parents, crafted identity narratives for their families, and conceptualised their relationship to queer radical positions
  • ‘Bisexuality and relationships’ sought to understand how ‘bi-invisibility’ and ‘biphobia’ shape the experiences of bisexual people in forming and sustaining romantic relationships.

Lizzie’s research interests include queer lives, the everyday and ordinary, home and domesticity, contemporary childhood, normativity and resistance, sexuality and gender, the use of representations, cultural (in)visibility, work, parenthood, queer(ed) reproduction, and family communication and narrative work. Lizzie is interested in embedding queer and feminist methodologies in her work and is currently exploring participatory and visual methods in a new project on working families.


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Dr Elizabeth Reed
Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom

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