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Eric Taylor Woods

Associate Professor in Sociology, University of Plymouth

Dr Eric Taylor Woods is an Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Plymouth. His research examines the relationships between culture, media, and politics - with a particular focus on nationalism. His most recent book on this topic (co-authored with Robert Schertzer) is entitled, 'The New Nationalism in America and Beyond: The Deep Roots of Ethnic Nationalism in the West' (Oxford University Press, 2022). Eric has also carried out research on the cultural politics of Britain's imperial past, and has published extensively on Christian-Indigenous relations in Canada, including the 2016 book, 'A Cultural Sociology of Anglican Mission and the Indian Residential Schools in Canada' (Palgrave, 2016).

In addition, Eric serves as a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University, and he is a member of the editorial teams of several leading journals in his fields of study, including: 'American Journal of Cultural Sociology;' 'Cultural Sociology;' and 'Nations and Nationalism.' Eric is also a founding editor of 'The State of Nationalism: An International Review,' which is an open-access portal for research on nationalism. Prior to joining the University of Plymouth University, Eric was based at the University of East London. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


  • 2023–2024
    Associate Professor in Sociology, University of Plymouth