School of Education and Sociology


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Dr Terese Jonsson

  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Sociology
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1st Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2229
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  • Department: School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Terese Jonsson joined the University of Portsmouth in September 2015 shortly after being awarded her PhD from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at London Metropolitan University. She has an MA in Gender, Culture and Modernity and a BA in Media and Communications, both from Goldsmiths, University of London. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has previously taught in the sociology departments at City University London, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the University of Westminster.

Teaching Responsibilities

Terese convenes the third year unit ‘Equality or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice’ as well as co-convenes the third year unit ‘Gender and Sexuality’. She teaches on a number of first year units including ‘Studying Society’ and ‘Research Design and Analysis’. She is third year tutor and convenes the Sociology dissertation unit. She is also a supervisor on the MRes programme.


Terese’s PhD thesis, White feminist stories: Locating race in narratives of British feminism examines how racism and whiteness shape feminist theory and politics in Britain. The thesis argues that a history of white feminist racism haunts the dominant narratives of British feminism as something which is repeatedly evaded each time it is brought to view, thus reinforcing whiteness as the hegemonic lens through which British feminism is understood. Terese is currently developing this research, which will be published as a monograph by Pluto Press in 2018.

Terese has articles published in Feminist Media Studies and Feminist Review. Alongside gender, race and feminisms, Terese is interested in social movements and social justice. She is particularly concerned with contributing research which interrupts the reproduction of everyday and structural racism.

Terese is a member of the Citizenship, ‘Race’ and Belonging research network and has organised two events in 2016 and 2017 critically interrogating the racist effects of counter-terrorist legislation and the discourse of ‘fundamental British values’. She is also working with colleagues in the faculty developing projects and events on feminist politics and history.

Terese is interested in critical and feminist pedagogy and co-convenes the Critical Pedagogies reading group (CPRG) at the university.

She is a member of the following CEISR research clusters: Sociology and Social Theory; Women’s and Gender Studies; Security, Citizenship and Social Justice.

Terese welcomes PhD and MRes proposals from applicants interested in feminist theories and politics, intersections of gender and race, whiteness, anti-racism and social justice movements.


Research profile

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