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John Holmwood

Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences



John Holmwood is emeritus Professor of Sociology in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, having joined the School in January 2010. He was previously professor of sociology at the Universities of Edinburgh, Sussex and Birmingham. In 2014-15 he was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

His main research interests are in sociological theory (including its history), colonialism and inequality, and religion and schooling. With Gurminder K. Bhambra, e is currently writing a book on Colonialism and Modern Social Theory, due to be published by Polity Press.

He is an advocate of public sociology and was an expert witness for the defence in professional misconduct cases brought against Birmingham teachers following (false) accusations that they were part of a 'plot to Islamicise schools'. His book about the 'Trojan Horse affair', written together with Therese O'Toole, Countering Extremism in British Schools? The Truth about the Birmingham Trojan Horse Affair, was published by Policy Press. He has been collaborating with LUNG theatre company in the development of their acclaimed play (and associated engagement events) about the affair - Trojan Horse.

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