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Mark McCormack is a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social Sciences. Prior to Roehampton he was an Associate Professor at Durham University, where he was also Co-Director of its Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexuality. His research examines how social trends related to gender and sexuality map onto everyday experiences of individuals. A core focus has been documenting how the decrease in homophobia in Britain and the United States influences the experiences of young people, including an expansion of socially acceptable gendered behaviours for male youth and improvement in life experiences of gay and bisexual youth. His work also explores non-exclusive sexualities, consumption of pornography, kink practices and his current study is examining drag performers' experiences of LGBT scenes. 

He has published on these areas in leading international journals including SociologyBritish Journal of Sociology, Qualitative Research and Archives of Sexual Behavior, across more than 30 journal articles. His first book, The Declining Significance of Homophobia, was published with Oxford University Press in 2012, and The Changing Dynamics of Bisexual Men's Lives was published with Springer in 2016. He is lead author of an introductory textbook, Discovering Sociology, published with Red Globe Press in 2018 and a second edition is scheduled for publication in 2021. 

Mark is a member of the Editorial Boards of SociologyBritish Journal of Sociology of Education and the Journal of Men's Studies. Mark has been invited to speak internationally, including at Northwestern University, SUNY - Stonybrook, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the University of Malta, and Flensburg University, Germany. He also held a Visiting Associate Professorship at Cornell University in 2014.  

Mark has substantial experience of engaging with the media, and has discussed his research on Thinking Allowed and Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4, Nightwaves on BBC Radio 3, The Surgery with Aled Jones on BBC Radio 1 and The World Today Weekend on the BBC World Service. He has also appeared on international radio, and his work has been covered in many national and international magazines and newspapers, and he has written for The Independent. He welcomes enquiries from the press and from potential doctoral students, on topics related to sexualities and masculinities from a sociological perspective.

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, PhD, University of Bath

Award Date: 1 Sep 2010

Research Methods, MA, University of Bath

Award Date: 1 Jul 2007

Mathematics, BSc (Hons), University of Bath

Award Date: 1 Jul 2005


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