Holly McSpadden

Department of Sociological Studies

PhD Student

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Holly McSpadden
Department of Sociological Studies
The Wave
2 Whitham Road
S10 2AH

Holly joined the Department of Sociological Studies in 2016 when she began a BA in Politics and Sociology. Holly’s undergraduate dissertation focused on sexual violence against men in the context of war. She went on to complete an MA in Sociology (2020) within the department; her MA dissertation involved a critical discourse analysis of transphobic rhetoric displayed by an online feminist group. Holly’s PhD research focuses on sexual and gender minority survivors of sexual violence and their access to sexual violence support services.

Research interests

Thesis title: Exploring sexual and gender minorities’ experiences of sexual violence and access to sexual violence support services.

Research Interests:

- Sexual Violence
- Gender
- Sexuality
- Queer theory
- Feminism

Research group

PhD Supervisors:


ESRC White Rose DTP +3 Award

Teaching activities

Holly has taught on the following modules as a seminar leader:
SCS1002: The Sociological Imagination
SCS2021: Crime, Justice and Social Policy

Professional activities and memberships

Holly is a member of the Athena Swan self-assessment team within the department. In her role as a PGR representative, Holly has helped to conduct a survey on gender equality within the department and has examined and presented the data from this survey to the team. Holly was involved in a project for Student Voice Week within the department. This project involved consulting with undergraduate students about their experiences within the department. Within this role, Holly conducted focus groups with undergraduate students and delivered a report on the findings.