School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies


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Dr Kevin McSorley

  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Sociology
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3AS
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2212
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  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Kevin is Senior Lecturer in Sociology. He was previously Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Surrey.  His expertise includes sociological approaches to war and violence; contemporary social and cultural theory, particularly critical and post-structuralist theories of discourse and subjectivity; the body and embodiment; the sociology of technology.

Teaching Responsibilities

Kevin currently convenes and teaches the core year one social theory unit Theorising Social Life.  He also teaches the final year unit Violence, War & Society drawing upon his latest research. He contributes to the year one course Observing Society, and co-ordinates the Sociology Dissertation.  He has also taught courses on Technology, Science & Social Life, and Self and Society.

Kevin also contributes to a variety of MA courses and offers PhD supervision in the areas of war and violence; social and cultural theory; the body; technology and new media.


Kevin’s current research explores contemporary transformations in violence, warfare and militarism and their wider significance for sociological explanations of social reality.  In particular, his research explores war, violence and militarism through the lens of the body and sensory experience, challenging the ontology of much conventional war scholarship.  It develops an analysis of war as a wide-ranging social institution and politics of experience, focusing upon the myriad affective, sensory and embodied practices and regimes through which war lives and breeds.  His research projects War and the Body and Sensing War have produced agenda-setting events, networks and publications.  His scholarship has explored recent conflicts including those in Chechnya, Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as analysing phenomena such as the global arms trade, military fitness regimes, and military technologies. 


Research profile

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