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LSE Sociology alumni

Entrance to St Clements 1964 crop 3Entrance to St Clement's Building, 1964.  Photo from LSE archives on Flickr.

Where are they now?  We had a great response from our alumni to our recent call for information about what they have gone on to do after walking through St Clement's doors as LSE graduates - many thanks to all who have sent us their details. We will add to this list as more come in.  Do get in touch if you would like to join the people below, please email Sociology.alumni@lse.ac.uk.  We'd especially love to hear from anyone who recognises themselves in the archive photos on this page!

Listings under each programme below show year of graduation in reverse chronological order (most recent first).

BSc Sociology

Anna Derbyshire (1999):
"I was at LSE from 1996 – 99.  Current job title is Senior Marketing Manager, RCA Label Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and previous career after leaving LSE is available here: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/annaderbyshire." 

Dirk Robertson (1987):
"Current: professional writer in U.S.A. developing literacy projects for young people excluded from mainstream education, involved in gangs, delinquency and sub-culture.
Previous: social worker, national policy work. Former Parliamentary Officer for British Association of Social Workers. Then professional writer,actor and designer. Former Chair of Alumni Mentoring Committee, LSE."

Lynda Joeman [née Greig] (1986):
"I graduated in 1986 from the BSc Soc (Hons) programme. When I first left LSE I worked in academic research assistant jobs for a couple of years, including an LSE project for the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, headed by Dr Jan Stockdale. After this, I entered the Government Social Research group, and was employed over a period of about twelve years in the former Employment Department, the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office. Most recently, I was a Principal Research Officer in the Home Office with joint management responsibility for the immigration research and statistics programme. After a stint of living overseas I established my own research consultancy and now work on an associate basis for clients around the world in areas including education, health, and business research."

Inderjeet Parmar (1983):
"I graduated in BSc (Econ) Sociology in 1983; later did an Mhil in Political Sociology as an external student of London University, and a Phd in Political Science and IR at the University of Manchester. I am now Professor of Government at Manchester, though I started in 1991 as a lecturer in American Studies and transferred to the Government Dept in 1996.

"Straight after graduating I taught at various crammer colleges in central London until I secured a full time job in teaching at one of them; then secured a full time teaching contract in American Studies in 1989 at West London Institue of Higher Education.

"I am currently Chair, AHRC Obama Research Network; Chair of the British International Studies Association. I have a book coming out in April 2012 entitled Foundations of the American Century (Columbia University Press), focusing on the roles of the Ford, Carnegie and Rockefeller Foundations in the rise of American power from the 1920s to the present day."

Richard Vines (1977):  
"After graduating from LSE, I studied journalism at Cardiff University and have spent my career as a writer and editor in London, Beijing and Hong Kong. I joined Bloomberg in London in 1995 and am now the chief food critic."  

Richard BalfeRichard Balfe (1971):
"LSE 1967 to 1971 graduated BSc Sociology Branch 3 (Hons)2/1. 1970 to 1973 Research Officer Finer Committee on One Parent Families. 1973 to 1977 GLC Member (Lab) Southwark Dulwich, Chair Thamemead New Town 1973/75, Chair Housing Development Committee 1975/77. Political Secretary Royal Arsenal Cooperative Society 1973 to 1979. Vice Chair Political Committee 1980 to 83, Chair 1983 to 1997.

"Member of the European Parliament London South Inner (Lab) 1979 to 1999. Member of the European Parliament London Region 1999 to 2001 (Lab) 2002 to 2004 (Con).

"Currently Chair Members of the European Parliament Pension Fund, Specialist Director CERN Pension Fund, Chair Anglia Community Leisure, Conservative Party Envoy to the Trades Union and Cooperative Movement."

Colin Crouch (1969):
"BA Sociology 1969. Professor emeritus, University of Warwick. Current chair of the sociology, demography and social statistics section of the British Academy; vice-president elect of the Academy for social sciences. Member of the Max Planck Institute, Germany. Taught at the LSE 1972-85, Oxford (Fellow of Trinity College) 1985-94, European University Institute at Florence 1995-2004, University of Warwick Business School 2005-2011. Author of books and articles on European societies, industrial relations, economic and political sociology."

Michael David Phipps (1967): 
"BA (Hons) Sociology 1967. Formerly a senior civil servant in Whitehall, retired 2004. Served in Department for Economic Affairs 1967-68, then in Department for Education & Science (and its successors) 1968-2004. Principal Private Secretary to Minister, 1971-72. Seconded to Cabinet Office 1982-86. Last post in Department for Education was as Director of Schools Plus policy Division. Now serving in a voluntary capacity as Trustee of several charities, and as Vice-Chairman of a school governing body."

Michael Hill (1965):
"Now  Emeritus Professor, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.  After 8 years as a Lecturer at LSE I became Professor of Sociology at VUW in 1976 and remained there for 31 years, spending another 4 as Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore. I am now an emeritus at VUW  and I continue to publish articles and chapters in the sociology of religion and deviance (sometimes combined, as in the ‘satanism scare’ of the 1990s!)"

Carol Wain [née Hornsey] (1964): See under PhD and MPhil Sociology.

Selma van de Perre-Velleman (1956):
"I graduated in 1956 with a BA Sociology, specialized in Anthropology.
I started at the LSE while still working at the BBC in Bush House.
Did a Post Graduate in Education at the Institute of Education and became a Mathematic teacher at a Comprehensive for 13 years.
Moved to a Grammar school and was asked to set up a Sociology Department at the Sacred Heart High School. in Hammersmith near my home.
Also taught Dutch for the Foreign Office and Embassies.
When my husband died in 1979 I took over his job as journalist and Foreign Correspondent for 20 years. Since Retirement I have been writing my autobiography about war experiences. And play golf, bridge and paint in my spare time. Was 90 this year."

Thena Heshel (1955):
"Graduated with BA (Honours) in 1955 . Spent nine years working as a journalist first in Israel ( Jerusalem Post) and then a variety of papers in London before joining the BBC in 1964 as a radio producer specialising in medical and sociological programmes. Worked in radio for thirty years, was responsible for weekly medical magazine "In Practice",the first ever radio counselling programme "If You Think You've Got Problems" and a wide variety of feature programmes. Edited "In Touch" the specialist programme for visually impaired people ( which won three Sony Awards) and also produced the In Touch Handbook of aids and services for blind and partially sighted people which became the reference book for anyone concerned personally or professionally with sight loss. Since retiring from the BBC in 1994 spent fifteen years in Totnes, Devon where together with husband Michael Kendall ( who also graduated in sociology from LSE in 1954) she set up a number of community initiatives, including a Development Trust, a Credit Union and a Heritage Group all of which are now flourishing and contributing to the life of Britains first Transition town. Now properly retired and living in London."

Sociology lecture 1964

Sociology lecture, 1964. Photo from LSE archives on Flickr.

MSc Sociology

Laura KnightLaura Knight (2010):
"After graduating I got a job (almost straight away) working for an international market research company- where I was personally responsible for the assessment and evaluation of a number of large advertising campaigns. I worked in this role for almost exactly a year- until I was offered a studentship at the University of Essex, where I am now almost at the end of my first year studying for a PhD in Social Policy."

Andrea Lampis
(date not provided):
"After my M.Sc. I moved to Colombia for my Ph.D. in Social Policy, which I received from LSE in 2009 under Jo Beall’s supervision on ‘Vulnerability and Poverty: an Assets, Resources and Capabilities Impact Study of Low-Income Groups in Bogotá, Colombia’ . At present I am Senior Researcher at the Institute of Urban Studies at the National University of Colombia and Coordinator of the Conceptual Framework for the National Adaptation Plan to Climate Change of Colombia; between 2005 and 2011, I was assistant Professor at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Development Studies (CIDER) of the University of Los Andes in Bogotá (Colombia). More info at http://www.institutodeestudiosurbanos.info/ (Spanish)." 

Azim Hussain (1996):
"After my MSc, I returned to McGill University to complete a law degree. I articled at the Supreme Court of Canada and I joined Ogilvy Renault (now Norton Rose Canada LLP) in 2002. I was named a partner in 2010. I practise in commercial and public-law litigation."

Eric M. Fink (1985):
"After completing my degree at the LSE, I remained in London for two years, then returned to the US for further graduate study in Sociology at the University of Chicago. I completed my law degree at New York University in 1997, and practiced law for several years in Philadelphia & San Francisco, primarily representing labor unions and individual workers in labor & employment matters. Since 2007, I have been an Associate Professor of Law at the Elon University School of Law in North Carolina, where I was recently granted tenure."  

Noëlle Janaczewska (1980):
Current employment: Freelance writer.
"Dr Noëlle Janaczewska is a Sydney-based, multi-award winning writer of plays, performance texts, monologues, poetry, essays, gallery and online explorations, and radio scripts across drama and non-fiction. Her work has been performed, broadcast and published throughout Australia and overseas. Find out more at noelle-janaczewska.com."

Lynne Hunt
Lynne Hunt (1979):
"Dr Lynne Hunt is Emeritus Professor, University of Southern Queensland and Adjunct Professor, University of Western Australia. She commenced employment in tertiary teaching in 1970 in an experimental, four-term-year unit in Liverpool (UK). She has taught at all levels from transition to university to doctoral supervision in social science, education and health science departments. Professor Hunt has worked as an Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) at Edith Cowan University (ECU), Professor and Leader of the Teaching and Learning Development Group at Charles Darwin University (CDU), and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at the University of Southern Queensland. She received an Australian Executive Endeavour Award in 2009 and she is the recipient of three, university-level awards for teaching excellence. She won the 2002 Australian Award for University Teaching in the Social Science category and the 2002 Prime Minister’s Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year.

"She publishes in the fields of health sociology and tertiary teaching. Her co-edited book The realities of change in higher education: Interventions to promote learning and teaching was published in the UK in 2006. She is currently a member of the International Advisory Board of the Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (JTLHE) and a Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability.

"She is invited regularly to be a guest speaker and has presented nationally and internationally on topics including change leadership to promote university learning and teaching, faculty development planning, tertiary teaching, work-based university learning, teaching scholarship, teaching awards, the student learning journey and women’s health organisations."

For full profile see https://sites.google.com/site/lynnehuntsite/

Robin CohenRobin Cohen (1966):
"MSc (African Government and Politics). After leaving the LSE, Robin completed his doctoral work at Birmingham. He held academic posts at Ibadan, Birmingham, the University of the West Indies (Professor of Sociology, 1977-9), Warwick (Professor of Sociology from 1979), Cape Town (Dean of Humanities, 2001-4) and Oxford, where he is Professor Emeritus of Development Studies. "

Picture left of Professor Cohen at Warwick University.


MSc Sociology (Research)

Shawn Hooper (2010):
"Current Employment: Continuous Improvement Coordinator for a private manufacturing company (responsible for developing production efficiency programs whilst maintaining employee morale). Previous Employment: Research Executive for Synovate Healthcare UK. A couple weeks after dissertation submission I worked for Synovate Healthcare UK (now Ipsos Research) on the HIV/Hepatitis research team. I was responsible for showing health trends and drug treatment in HIV patients in North American, the UK, Europe and South America and then reporting to clients which were comprised of government officials and heads of major pharmaceutical companies."

MSc Sociology (Economic Sociology):

Nora Armani [née Ekserdjian] (1979):
"I graduated from LSE in 1979, with an M.Sc. in Sociology (ECON) and specialized in Race and Ethnic Relations with required courses as: Methods of Sociological Research, under which I participated in a research project for the GLC in Hackney and the National Health Services. My other courses were Industrial Societies and Criminology.  At that time I was under my maiden name Nora Ekserdjian. Currently I go by the name Nora Armani which is my stage/artist name and a tribute to my mother.

"After graduating from LSE, I immigrated to the US and lived in Detroit and Los Angeles, for about 10 years during which I worked in the fields of theatre and cinema with a career in acting, directing, writing and film production. In 1993 I moved to Paris, where I started my film production company.  Since 1993 I have had a film production company Parev Production that operates our of Paris and currently I reside in New York where I continue producing, directing and acting.  I am currently in production with a short film..."

MSc Biomedicine, Bioscience and Society 

Juliana Yi (2009): 
Current employment: Research Associate at Public Health Ontario. 

"Juliana graduated with a MSc Biomedicine, Bioscience and Society in 2009. Since then, she has been a Master of Public Policy student at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance. She is currently a research associate at Public Health Ontario in the surveillance and epidemiology division. Juliana will enter in a doctoral programme in health services research (health policy stream) at the University of Toronto in the fall of 2012."

Caitlin ConnorsCaitlin Connors (2008):
Current Employment: Research Manager, Define Research and Insight
Profile: uk.linkedin.com/pub/caitlin-connors/22/b8a/764
"Upon leaving LSE I began work as a research consultant for public and third-sector organisations. At Define I manage varied qualitative research projects for Home Office, local government, charity and other third-sector clients. I continue to focus much of my time on communications and service development projects in health promotion, social service provision, and issues affecting children, families or vulnerable populations."

MSc Culture and Society

Florence de Sola (2010):
urrent employment: Programs Coordinator, Vital Voices El Salvador
"Tasks and responsibilities include:
• Leading an exports program for Salvadoran women entrepreneurs to develop trade   capacities
• Developing a Mentoring Program for women entrepreneurs
• Developing a Latin-America wide Mentoring Program
• Program development, monitoring and evaluation
• Promoting women’s empowerment through local entrepreneurship development
• Spearheading the creation of a network of women entrepreneurs through tailored communications strategies
• Coordinating advocacy and awareness-building strategies for gender issues"

MSc Human Rights

Vanaka Chhem-Kieth (2011):
Current employment: Immigration Section, Canadian High Commission in London, following a 12-week internship at the Canadian High Commission in London (November-March).

Philippe SeidelPhilippe Seidel (2010):
"Since graduation, I worked for UNICEF in Geneva on European policies towards separated migrant children as an intern. Now I am living in Brussels and working for Child Focus, a Belgian foundation for missing and sexually exploited children, working in prevention and safety on the internet. "

MSc Political Sociology

Pui-Yuen Lin (Keith) (2009):
Current employment: Hong Kong Polytechnic University

He ZHUHe Zhu (2009):
Current employment: Editor-in-Chief, China Science and Technology Education Journal.


Aga Bojarska (2008):
"While studying for my Masters at LSE I have been working part-time in the small, international media consultancy. After graduation I joined a marketing Graduate Scheme with HSBC, where I have been managing and designing retail banking products & services."

Ziqi Guan (2005):
"Current Employment: Researcher, New Media Institute, Development Researcher Center, State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), China; and President, Transplendor Media & Culture Co. Ltd., China.

"Employment History: Mr. Guan had been working for Reuters Beijing since graduation until late 2006, when he left for and thereafter stayed in China's national media regulator, SARFT. In the end of 2008 Guan founded Transplendor Animations, a private animation studio with 3 employees, mainly out of his personal interest. Later renamed as Transplendor Media&Culture, it is today a formal business undertaking owning two branches and over 250 personnel. Dedicated in the research of and policy-making for China's vigorous new media market, Guan is at the same time striving happily to bring Transplendor among the leading players in the burgeoning animation industry."

Barbara JentschuraBarbara Jentschura (date not provided):

M.Sc. Political Sociology
B.Sc. Sociology
General Course at the Government Dept.

"My consulting firm, EAD Corryn, is designing and implementing Wide Area Networks, i.e. IT-networks for organisations and businesses that have several worldwide locations and want to administer them centrally in their headquarters or are centrally running systems such as SAP. From 2001-2003, I was a Conferences Manager with the Ministry of Defence of the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi. I headed a team of four and organised lectures and conferences on topics related to energy, security and politics pertainig to the Gulf region. Speakers were, among others, H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan, Mohammed El Baradei, then Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, as well as leading international thinkers from academia, business und civil society. After that, I was a Research Fellow with the Regional Centre on Conflict Prevention at the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where I was working on my own project on citizen identity in the Middle East. In 2005, I returned to my native Germany, and worked in various positions in the private sector before starting my career as a consultant on project management and business development. I am an auditor for Quality-Management Systems according to ISO 9001 and want to be an authorised technicel expert for insurance and legal cases related to wide area network technology in the future."

PhD and MPhil Sociology

Victoria Redclift (PhD awarded Sept 2011):
"Since graduating I have been working as a Teaching Fellow in the LSE100 department."

Susan Parham (Cities Programme PhD 2009):
"Since 2010, Susan has worked as Head of Urbanism, in the Centre for Sustainable Communities, at the University of Hertfordshire, where she helps manage the Centre and runs academic and professional partnerships, most notably with Lafarge on ‘Sustainable Living’ (working with fellow Cities Alumni Dr Alasdair Jones). Among other activities, Susan is starting an ‘Edible Urbanism’ food retrofitting project with Inmidtown; teaching on the University’s new Sustainable Planning Masters programme; and developing and running short courses including on planning and design charrettes. Susan is currently completing a book, Marketplace: food and everyday life in contemporary London, which is due out later in 2012 with Cambridge Scholars Publishing and has recently signed with Berg to publish her book Food and Urbanism: The Convivial City and a Sustainable Future in 2013."

Andrew Milner (PhD 1977):
Current Employment: Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. 

Carol WainCarol Wain (MPhil 1967):
"Carol graduated with a B.A. Sociology in 1964, then studied for the M. Phil in Sociology (Social Psychology)completing in January 1967. In 1965 she married LSE graduate David Wain (B.Sc. Econ, 1964). On completing her M. Phil. she worked as a Research Assistant/Officer in the Social Psychology Department at the LSE, first on the Jury Project (jointly with members of the Law Dept.) and then on Dr. William Belson's study Television Violence and the Adolescent Boy (1980). She left to have her first child Alice, born December 1972. Her second child Thomas (Tom) was born in October 1975.

"She returned to academic work by studying for a PGCE in 1978-80, and then gained office skills qualifications, which enabled her to gain part-time work locally in offices and Further Education colleges. In 1991 she returned to the LSE to study part-time for a doctorate in Sociology, focusing on youth subcultures and substance abuse, while continuing to lecture part-time in Sociology on Access, A Level and GCSE courses. Completion of her Ph. D. thesis was prevented by the sudden death of her daughter.
In 1996 she was offered part-time lecturing with Birkbeck College, on the Certificate and Diploma in Criminology, mainly in the Psychology of Criminal Behaviour. She supervised Diploma students, specialising in mental disorder, offender profiling, substance abuse and youth crime.

"Since retiring in 2010, Carol has been an active member of the University of the Third Age in Richmond. She continues to work occasionally as a private tutor in social sciences, including, sociology, social psychology and applied or related fields, up to Master's level."

Sociology Study Rooms 1951

Sociology study room, 1951. Photo from LSE archives on Flickr.