Dr Kitty Nichols

Department of Sociological Studies

University Teacher

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Dr Kitty Nichols
Department of Sociological Studies
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
S10 2TU

Kitty joined the department in 2014, teaching whilst completing her PhD in Sociological studies. Before this she 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

Teaching activities

Kitty currently teaches in both SMI and Sociological studies and convenes the following modules:

  • SMI204 Placement module
  • SMI103 Social Research Practice
  • SCS1005 Gender, Sexuality and Society
  • SCS2020 Doing Qualitative Research
  • SCS3014/ SCS6044 Men, Masculinities and Gender Relations
  • SCS300 The Value of Sociology