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Dr Brendan Mcgeever

  • Overview



    Brendan is Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the Department of Psychosocial Studies. His core areas of specialism are the study of racism and anti-racism, historically and in the present day; the sociology of class; the study of the former Soviet Union, Marxism and Marxist theory. 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.

    Brendan is the author of 'Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution' (Cambridge University Press, 2019). This work of historical sociology explores the Bolshevik response to antisemitism during the Russian Revolution, uncovering how it grappled with the racialization of class politics. It also traces 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. 

    In 2019, Brendan was selected as a ‘New Generation Thinker‘ by the BBC and AHRC.


    • PhD, University of Glasgow , 2015

    Web profiles

    Administrative responsibilities

    • Programme Director, BA Psychosocial Studies and BA Psychosocial Studies with Principles of Psychodynamic Counselling

    Professional activities

    Editorial Board member: Ethnic and Racial Studies 

    Peer Reviewer: Policy Press, Bloomsbury Press, Routledge, Ethnicities, Identities, Ethnic and Racial Studies

    Member: British Sociological Association 

    Member: Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies 

    Member: British Association for Jewish Studies 

    Member: British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies 

    Member: American Sociological Association 

    Section Member: Marxist Sociology, American Sociological Association 

    Section Member: Comparative-Historical Sociology, American Sociological Association 

    Honours and awards

  • Research


    Research interests

    • antisemitism
    • 'race’ and racism
    • racialization
    • the former Soviet Union
    • Marxism
    • social theory
    • historical sociology
    • ethnographies of the archive
    • class

    Research Centres and Institutes

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students who are interested in undertaking research in any of my areas of research interest: antisemitism, 'race’ and racism, racialization, class, the former Soviet Union, Marxism, social theory, historical sociology, ethnographies of the archive


    On the BA Psychosocial Studies I teach or have taught the following modules: 'Racism and Antisemitism', 'Power', 'Class', 'Dissertation'. At MA level I have taught on the following modules: 'Independent Research Module' and 'Masterclass in Social Research'. 

    Teaching modules

    • Power (SSPA073S4)
    • Independent Research Module (SSPA085D7)
    • Class (SSPA094S6)
    • Dissertation BA Psychosocial Studies (SSPA111D6)
  • Publications




    Book Section


  • Business and community

    Business and community

    I have media training.


    I am happy to receive enquiries from the media on the following topics:

    • Antisemitism, racism, Russia and Russian history, class, Marx and Marxism


      2020 BBC Radio 3 'The Essay: Pogroms and Prejudice'

      2019 BBC Radio 4 'History of Hate' discussing antisemitism and the Russian Revolution

      2019 BBC Radio 3 'Free Thinking' discussing antisemitism and the exhibition 'Jews, Money, Myth'

      2019 BBC Radio 3 discussing pogroms and 1919

      2017 BBC Radio 4 'Making History' discussing the London roots of the Russian Revolution