Over the past four decades I have worked as a writer, photo-journalist, environmental designer and academic.
Since 1992 I have taught sociology, cultural geography and women's/gender studies at Greenwich University, Yale and Kingston University; I was also a research fellow at the Open University for seven years. I am currently a visiting professor at the Dept of Gender Studes, LSE.
My writing has focused mainly on the politics of gender and race, the social construction of whiteness, anti-racist feminism, colonial history, national identity, militarisation, the cultural heritage of war, the politics of place, and ecological thought.
My books include Beyond the Pale: white women, racism and history (Verso 1992/2015); Out of Whiteness: color, politics and culture (Chicago 2002), co-authored with Les Back); Who Cares about Britishness? (Arcadia 2007); and Military Migrants: Fighting for YOUR Country (Palgrave 2012). My latest book, Return of a Native: learning from the land (Repeater 2022), brings a lot of these themes together in a forensic investigation of rural England.
I have made most of my other published work available on the archive page.
My documentary photographs from 1977-1983 have been used in TV documentaries and dramas, as well as featuring in exhibitions at Tate Britain, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Goldsmiths University and Broadway Theatre, Catford. I currently have work in an exhibition at Atlas entitled The Black Triangle: Photography from the Civil Rights and Anti-Racist Movements in the UK, US and South Africa, October 6-November 26, 2022.
There's a small selection on the photography page so please contact me if you would like to see more.
These days I use my camera as a notebook for thinking and writing and there some recent examples there too.
I also serve as a co-opted member of the Peace and Security Committee at the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and as an Advisor to Declassified UK.