Dr Christopher  Husbands

Dr Christopher Husbands


Department of Sociology

About me

Dr Christopher T Husbands is Reader in Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has a doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago.

His current research interests are in sociological aspects of lexicography, in the history of British sociology, and in legal history. He is preparing a biographical dictionary of bilingual lexicographers and is writing a history of the teaching of sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has also carried out research on racist political parties in western Europe, migration and political asylum in western Europe, the assessment of teaching quality in higher education, and the growth of flexible employment practices in higher education, particularly with respect to the use of part-time teachers. His teaching has covered aspects of British society and methods of sociological research. He has had extensive experience teaching quantitative research methods.

He is an associate editor of Ethnic and Racial Studies and is on the editorial board of Patterns of Prejudice. He is a former member of the editorial boards of the British Journal of Sociology and of Sociology. He is a member of the British Sociological Association. He is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Linguists. He was for over twenty years President of the local branch of the University and College Union (formerly the Association of University Teachers) at LSE.

Selected Publications

'La situation de la sociologie au Royaume-Uni', La Lettre de l'ASES [Association des Sociologues Enseignants du Supérieur], no. 28 (June 2000), pp. 9–24

'Switzerland: right-wing and xenophobic parties, from the margin to the mainstream?', Parliamentary Affairs, vol. 53, no. 3 (July 2000), pp. 501–16

(with Annette Davies) 'The teaching roles, institutional locations, and terms and conditions of employment of part-time teachers in UK higher education', Journal of Further and Higher Education, vol. 24, no. 3 (October 2000), pp. 337–62

'Parties/movements: extreme right', in Neil J. Smelser and Paul B. Baltes (eds), International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Amsterdam: Elsevier Science, 2001), vol. 16, pp. 11,087–90

'Combating the extreme right with the instruments of the constitutional state: lessons from experiences in western Europe', Journal für Konflikt- und Gewaltforschung, vol. 4, no. 1 (2002), pp. 52–73

'How to tame the dragon, or What goes around comes around: a critical review of some major contemporary attempts to account for extreme-right racist politics in western Europe', in Martin Schain, Aristide Zolberg and Patrick Hossay (eds), Shadows over Europe: The Development and Impact of the Extreme Right in Western Europe (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002), pp. 39–59

'The "arpenteuse" enigma: a case of bilingual lexicographical detection', The Linguist, vol. 41, no. 4 (2002), pp. 108-11

(with John Scott) 'Victor Branford and the building of British sociology', The Sociological Review, vol. 55, no. 3 (August 2007), pp. 460-84

'German academics in British universities during the First World War: the case of Karl Wichmann', German Life and Letters, vol. 60, no. 4 (October 2007), pp. 493-517

(with Maggie Studholme and John Scott) 'Doppelgängers and racists: on inhabiting alternative universes. A reply to Steve Fuller's "A path better not to have been taken"', The Sociological Review, vol. 55, no. 4 (November 2007), pp. 816-22

'Country case: United Kingdom', in Michael Minkenberg (ed.), The Radical Right in Europe: An Overview (Gütersloh: Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung, 2008), pp. 95-100