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Dr Brendan McGeever

Lecturer in the Sociology of Racialization and Antisemitism
BA (Hons) Sociology and Politics, PgDip Russian, MSc Sociology, PhD (University of Glasgow).

Profile

Academic background

  • Dr Brendan McGeever is a Lecturer in the Sociology of Racialization and Antisemitism.
  • He first joined Birkbeck in April 2015 as an Early Career Research Fellow at the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, before then taking up a lectureship in the Department of Psychosocial Studies in April 2016.
  • Brendan is currently writing a monograph on the Bolshevik response to antisemitism during the Russian Revolution of 1917 (contracted to Cambridge University Press). Based on extensive archival fieldwork in Russia, Ukraine and the United States, this work of historical sociology explores the articulation between antisemitism and revolutionary politics, focussing in particular on the racialization of class politics within the revolutionary left. At the heart of this work is a further exploration of the individual and collective forms of agency responsible for developing a Bolshevik response to such antisemitism and racialization.
  • As part of his wider interest in racism, antisemitism and class politics, Brendan is also working with Professor Satnam Virdee (University of Glasgow) on a collaborative project exploring the significance of antisemitism in the socialist movement of fin de siècle Europe. A collection of papers based on this work is currently being prepared for publication.
  • Brendan's next project will explore racism and anti-racism in the contemporary Russian Federation.

Research and teaching

Introduction

  • Brendan’s work focuses on 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

  • ‘Race’ and racism; antisemitism; racialization; the former Soviet Union; Marxism; social theory; historical sociology; ethnographies of the archive.

Teaching

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

Supervision

  • 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.

Publications

Books

  • McGeever, B. (2017). The Bolsheviks and Antisemitism in the Russian Revolution. Cambridge University Press.

Book chapters

Journal articles

Reviews

Reports

Professional memberships and awards

Professional memberships

Editorships

Contact Details

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

Email: b.mcgeever@bbk.ac.uk