Dr Kitty Nichols

Sheffield Methods Institute

University Teacher in Applied Social Sciences

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Dr Kitty Nichols
Sheffield Methods Institute
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Understanding changes in masculinity - Meet Dr Kitty Nichols

Kitty has been teaching Sheffield Methods Institute (SMI) modules since the Institute first launched, but joined the SMI full-time in 2021, having previously been based in the Department of Sociological Studies where she completed her PhD. Before this Kitty completed her Masters degree in Sociology and Social Research Methods at The University of Newcastle and her undergraduate degree at The University of Leicester.

In 2018 Kitty completed her PhD entitled ‘Banter, masculinities and Rugby Union: exploring the relationship between masculinity and humour in men’s lived realities of gender.’ Drawing on data from a three-year ethnographic study of a Northern Rugby club, the thesis was concerned with how men experience and negotiate the gendered structures which underpin sporting sites. She has since been developing and extending these ideas into papers.

Research interests

Kitty’s main research interests are in the broad areas of gender, sexuality, identity, sport, humour, language, emotion and age. Kitty is also interested in research methodology and developing innovative qualitative methods.


Journal articles


  • Nichols K (2019) "I probably shouldn’t say this but…” Introducing mischievous masculinities as a way for men to convey reflexivity and make choices in sporting sites In Magrath R, Cleland J & Anderson E (Ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity and Sport (pp. 151-151). Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching interests

Kitty currently convenes the following modules:

  • SMI11002 The Foundations of Social Science
  • SMI204 Placement module 
  • SMI302 Dissertation and Advanced Project module 
  • SMI605 Introduction to Qualitative Research
PhD Supervision
Tamsin Boswell, SMI studentship (2022-2025) Tamsin's main interest lie in exploring the world of fanfiction and its relationship to masculinity, digital media and everyday life.