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Dr Brendan McGeever

Programme Director and Admissions Tutor for:

BA Psychosocial Studies

BA Psychosocial Studies and Principles of Psychodynamic Counselling


Academic background

  • Brendan joined Birkbeck in 2015 as an Early Career Research Fellow, before taking up a lectureship in the Department of Psychosocial Studies.
  • Brendan is the author of Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2019). This work of historical sociology explores the articulation between antisemitism and revolutionary politics, focusing, in particular, on the racialization of class politics within the revolutionary left. At the heart of this work is a further exploration of anti-racist agency within the Bolshevik movement. Based on extensive archival fieldwork in Russia, Ukraine and the United States, the book finds that the Soviet response to antisemitism was led not by the Party leadership, as is often assumed, but by a loosely connected group of radicals who mobilized around a Jewish political subjectivity.
  • As part of his wider interest in antisemitism, racism and class politics, Brendan has collaborated with Professor Satnam Virdee (University of Glasgow) on a project exploring the significance of antisemitism in the socialist movement of fin de siècle Europe. A collection of papers based on this work was published as a Special Issue of the journal Patterns of Prejudice in September 2017.
  • Brendan is currently working on two projects: one on the sociology of antisemitism and other racisms, and another on race, class and crisis in Brexit Britain (with Satnam Virdee).
  • In 2019, Brendan was selected as a 'New Generation Thinker' by the BBC and AHRC.

Research and Teaching


  • Brendan’s core areas of specialism are the study of racism and anti-racism, historically up to the present day. He is particularly interested in the relationship between racialization and antisemitism and exploring the extent to which these two areas of research can be brought together within the wider sociology of racism and ethnicity studies.
  • He also has a specialist interest in the study of the former Soviet Union and the history of Marxism and Marxist theory.

Research interests

  • Antisemitism; 'race’ and racism; racialization; the former Soviet Union; Marxism; social theory; historical sociology; ethnographies of the archive.


  • On the BA programme, Brendan teaches 'Power' and a special module ‘Racism and Antisemitism’. He also teaches on the postgraduate modules ‘Masterclass in Social Research’ and ‘Independent Research Methods’.


  • Brendan welcomes students wishing to carry out research on the following areas: racism and racialization; antisemitism; nationalism; class; Marxism; the former Soviet Union; contemporary Russia.

Current PhD Students

  • Anna Shadrina: Single Urban Women in Retirement in the new Russia: Institutionalised Gendered Ageism and Forms of Resistance (co-supervised with Sasha Roseneil and Lynne Segal)
  • Ieisha James: Bordering on whiteness: Exploring the racialised subjectivities of Italian women in post-Brexit London (co-supervised with Ben Gidley)
  • Elizaveta Zeldina: The Vicissitudes of Psychoanalysis in Soviet Russia (co-supervised with Stephen Frosh)
  • Evan Sedgwick-Hill: Capitalist Pathology: Depression as Political Imaginary (co-supervised with Felicity Callard)



Book chapters

  • McGeever, B. (2018). ‘Bolshevik Responses to Antisemitism during the Civil War: Spatiality, Temporality, Agency' in Read, C., Lindenmeyr, A., and Waldron, P. (eds.) Russia’s Home Front in War and Revolution, 1914-1922: Book 4. The Struggle for the State. Bloomington: Slavica Publishers.
  • McGeever, B. (2017). 'Reaktsiia Bol'shevikov na Antisemitizm v 1918 godu' in Kolonitskii, B. I. (ed.) Epokha Voin i Revoliutsii (1914-1922). Nestor-Istoriia, St. Petersburg.

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Editorial Boards and Professional memberships

Editorial Boards and Editorships

Professional memberships



  • Winner, 2019 Ronald Tress Prize, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Selected as 2019 BBC/AHRC 'New Generation Thinker'

Contact Details

Room G23, 26 Russell Square
Department of Psychosocial Studies
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1B 5DQ

Tel: +44 (0)20 7631 6723