Dr Karen Cuthbert

  • Lecturer in Sociology (Sociology)

Biography

As a person from a working-class background, the first in my family to go to university, and the beneficiary of a Widening Access and Participation programme, I always have a little moment of disbelief when I am asked to write my university staff profile...

I joined the University as a Lecturer in Sociology in September 2021. This was a bit of a homecoming, as Sociology at Glasgow was the place where my sociological imagination was first nurtured, having completed my undergraduate, MRes and PhD all in the department. My PhD explored how 'nonsexualities' (asexualities, celibacies and sexual abstinence) are gendered - both in terms of how they are discursively constructed, and how they are experienced and ‘lived’ -  as well as thinking more broadly through the theoretical and empirical relationship between gender and sexuality. I also worked for many years as a graduate teaching assistant across the School of Social and Political Sciences.

Prior to joining the University again as a Lecturer, I held a variety of posts, including:

  • A researcher on the Making Space for Queer Religious Youth project, based in Education at the University of Strathclyde
  • A researcher on the Intimate Migrations: Lesbian, gay and bisexual migrants in Scotland project at the University of Glasgow
  • A Research Fellow on the Living Gender in Diverse Times: Young People's Understandings and Practices of Gender in the Contemporary UK project at the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield. I also lectured and supervised whilst in this role.

I also sit on the editorial board of The Sociological Review

I work broadly and primarily within the sociology of gender and sexualities, but also have expertise and experience within youth studies, disability studies, and the sociology of religion. I'm also a massive methods nerd, and love talking, thinking and writing about both the practical and philosophical elements of methodology. 

I approach my work - both pedagogy and research - as an intersectional socialist-feminist, with a keen awareness of power and inequalities, and a desire for and commitment to profound societal transformation (including within the academy).

Research interests

My research interests include but are not limited to:

  • Nonsexualities (asexualities, celibacies, sexual abstinence)
  • Sexual agency, desire and subjectivities more broadly 
  • Gender (persisting inequalities under heteropatriarchy but also potentially new shifting gendered terrains)
  • Qualitative methodologies (particularly creative methods) and epistemological questions
  • Feminisms and feminist theory
  • Youth and young people
  • Disability - especially autism
  • Intersecting inequalities
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion regimes 

Publications

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Jump to: 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2017
Number of items: 9.

2021

Cuthbert, K. (2021) Asexuality and epistemic injustice: a gendered perspective. Journal of Gender Studies, (doi: 10.1080/09589236.2021.1966399) (Early Online Publication)

Allen, K., Cuthbert, K. , Hall, J. J., Hines, S. and Elley, S. (2021) Trailblazing the gender revolution? Young people's understandings of gender diversity through generation and social change. Journal of Youth Studies, (doi: 10.1080/13676261.2021.1923674) (Early Online Publication)

Cuthbert, K. (2021) Researching ‘non-sexualities’ via creative notebooks: epistemology, embodiment and empowerment. Qualitative Research, (doi: 10.1177/1468794121999011) (Early Online Publication)

2020

Cuthbert, K. (2020) Disability and asexuality? In: Shuttleworth, R. and Mona, L. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Disability and Sexuality. Series: Routledge international handbooks. Routledge: London ; New York, pp. 366-377. ISBN 9781138593237 (doi:10.4324/9780429489570-32)

2019

Cuthbert, K. (2019) “When we talk about gender we talk about sex”: (a)sexuality and (a)gendered subjectivities. Gender and Society, 33(6), pp. 841-864. (doi: 10.1177/0891243219867916)

Cuthbert, K. and Tayloe, Y. (2019) Queer liveability: inclusive church-scenes. Sexualities, 22(5-6), pp. 951-968. (doi: 10.1177/1363460718772759)

Taylor, Y. and Cuthbert, K. (2019) Queer religious youth in faith and community schools. Educational Review, 71(3), pp. 382-396. (doi: 10.1080/00131911.2017.1423279)

2017

Stella, F. and Cuthbert, K. (2017) Intimate Migrations Final Project Report - Appendix 1: Life Before Migration. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow.

Cuthbert, K. (2017) You have to be normal to be abnormal: an empirically grounded exploration of the intersection of asexuality and disability. Sociology, 51(2), pp. 241-257. (doi: 10.1177/0038038515587639)

This list was generated on Tue Oct 19 14:57:51 2021 BST.
Number of items: 9.

Articles

Cuthbert, K. (2021) Asexuality and epistemic injustice: a gendered perspective. Journal of Gender Studies, (doi: 10.1080/09589236.2021.1966399) (Early Online Publication)

Allen, K., Cuthbert, K. , Hall, J. J., Hines, S. and Elley, S. (2021) Trailblazing the gender revolution? Young people's understandings of gender diversity through generation and social change. Journal of Youth Studies, (doi: 10.1080/13676261.2021.1923674) (Early Online Publication)

Cuthbert, K. (2021) Researching ‘non-sexualities’ via creative notebooks: epistemology, embodiment and empowerment. Qualitative Research, (doi: 10.1177/1468794121999011) (Early Online Publication)

Cuthbert, K. (2019) “When we talk about gender we talk about sex”: (a)sexuality and (a)gendered subjectivities. Gender and Society, 33(6), pp. 841-864. (doi: 10.1177/0891243219867916)

Cuthbert, K. and Tayloe, Y. (2019) Queer liveability: inclusive church-scenes. Sexualities, 22(5-6), pp. 951-968. (doi: 10.1177/1363460718772759)

Taylor, Y. and Cuthbert, K. (2019) Queer religious youth in faith and community schools. Educational Review, 71(3), pp. 382-396. (doi: 10.1080/00131911.2017.1423279)

Cuthbert, K. (2017) You have to be normal to be abnormal: an empirically grounded exploration of the intersection of asexuality and disability. Sociology, 51(2), pp. 241-257. (doi: 10.1177/0038038515587639)

Book Sections

Cuthbert, K. (2020) Disability and asexuality? In: Shuttleworth, R. and Mona, L. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Disability and Sexuality. Series: Routledge international handbooks. Routledge: London ; New York, pp. 366-377. ISBN 9781138593237 (doi:10.4324/9780429489570-32)

Research Reports or Papers

Stella, F. and Cuthbert, K. (2017) Intimate Migrations Final Project Report - Appendix 1: Life Before Migration. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow.

This list was generated on Tue Oct 19 14:57:51 2021 BST.

Teaching

I currently teach on the following courses:

  • Sociology 1B
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Research Design (postgraduate)
  • Gender Relations (postgraduate)

 

Professional activities & recognition

Editorial boards

  • 2019 - -: The Sociological Review

Professional & learned societies

  • 2013 - -: Member, British Sociological Association