Prof Vron Ware

Position: Chair In Criminology/Sociology
School: School Of Social And Behavioural Sciences
Extension: 62717
Location: Room PR MB 3029, Main Building, Penrhyn Road


I have worked as a journalist, photographer, policy researcher in the third sector and, since 1992, an academic with experience of teaching in the US as well as the UK. The thread that links all these occupations and outputs has been my commitment to anti-racism, social justice and intersectionality.

As a scholar-activist I have a track record of creating new avenues for interdisciplinary research. My first book (Beyond the Pale, 1992, 2015) focused on the discursive production of ‘whiteness’ through a gendered reading of colonial history. It was subsequently instrumental in shaping a new international field of study which has become known as Critical Whiteness Studies (CWS). 'Beyond the Pale' is due to be re-published in 2015 with a new foreword.

My recent book (Military Migrants, 2012, 2014), a study of equality and diversity inside the British Army, introduces the specialist topic of military institutions into the study of contemporary socio-cultural change, citizenship, race and ethnicity.

From January 2015 I will be working on a new project with partners at Stockholm University entitled "The Politics of Military Loss in Europe". The aim of this comparative project is to examine how deaths of European soldiers in Afghanistan are given societal meanings and justifications and how these losses have been politically framed and handled. Five countries with different war histories, geopolitical positions and gender regimes (Estonia, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the UK) will be investigated through the analysis of media narratives, parliamentary debates, official policies and commemoration rituals.

The project proceeds from the idea that these new military deaths transform established understandings of national belonging. The research will investigate, firstly, how the losses in Afghanistan restructure relations between war, national identity and gender, and, secondly, how these reshaped national identities influence democratic discussions and practices.


I am currently teaching on four undergraduate courses:

Gender and Society (Level 6);
Religion & Society (Level 6)
Dissertation (Level 6)

Researching Race & Ethnicity (Level 5)

Research supervision

I welcome inquiries for PG supervision in all areas of my research interests:

• Racism, historical memories of colonialism, multiculturalism, whiteness and intersectionality
• National identity, war and militarization; sociology of military institutions; citizenship and military service
• Geographies of life-writing; landscape, place, social ecology, urban/rural divide, Englishness
• Gender relations and feminism in the Muslim-majority world

Current PhD supervision:
Nahid Husseini: "Gender, Education and Citizenship in Iran" (co-supervised with Basia Spalek)

Research outputs

Number of items: 28.


Ware, Vron (2016) Learning from deep revolutionary time. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 39(3), pp. 360-368. ISSN (print) 0141-9870

Ware, Vron (2013) 'A thinning of skin': writing on and against whiteness. Life Writing, 10(3), pp. 245-260. ISSN (print) 1448-4528

Blaagaard, Bolette B. and Ware, Vron (2011) Workings of whiteness: interview with Vron Ware. Social Identities, 17(1), pp. 153-161. ISSN (print) 1350-4630

Ware, Vron (2011) The new literary front: public diplomacy and the cultural politics of reading Arabic fiction in translation. New Formations(73), pp. 56-77. ISSN (print) 0950-2378

Ware, Vron (2010) Lives on the line. Soundings: a journal of politics and culture(45), pp. 147-159. ISSN (print) 1362-6620

Ware, Vron (2010) Whiteness in the glare of war: soldiers, migrants and citizenship. Ethnicities, 10(3), pp. 313-330. ISSN (print) 1468-7968

Ware, Vron (2009) Why Critical Whiteness Studies needs to think about warfare. Sociologisk Forskning, 46(3), pp. 55-62. ISSN (print) 0038-0342

Ware, Vron (2008) Towards a sociology of resentment: a debate on class and whiteness. Sociological Research Online, 13(5), ISSN (online) 2328-5184

Ware, Vron (2007) The white fear factor. Wasafiri, 22(2), pp. 51-56. ISSN (print) 0269-0055

Ware, Vron (2006) Info-war and the politics of feminist curiosity: exploring new frameworks for feminist intercultural studies. Cultural Studies, 20(6), pp. 526-551. ISSN (print) 0950-2386


Ware, Vron (2015) Beyond the pale: white women, racism, and history. London, U.K. : Verso Books. 288p. (Feminist Classics) ISBN 9781784780128

Ware, Vron (2014) Military migrants: fighting for YOUR country. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. 325p. ISBN 9781137467508

Ware, Vron (2007) Who cares about Britishness? A global view of the national identity debate. London, UK : Arcadia Books. 180p. ISBN 9781905147588

Ware, Vron and Back, Les (2002) Out of whiteness: color, politics, and culture. Chicago, USA : The University of Chicago Press. 312p. ISBN 9780226873428

Book Section

Ware, Vron (2016) Biting the bullet : my time with the British Army. In: Williams, Alison J. , Jenkings, K. Neil , Rech, Matthew F. and Woodward, Rachel, (eds.) The Routledge companion to military research methods. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 231-242. ISBN 9781472442758

Ware, Vron (2016) Military migrants and mercenary markets. In: Abrahamsen, Rita and Leander, Anna, (eds.) Routledge handbook of private security studies. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 149-157. ISBN 9780415729352

Ware, Vron (2014) Thin ice: postcoloniality and sexuality in the politics of citizenship and military service. In: Ponzanesi, Sandra, (ed.) Gender, globalization and violence: postcolonial conflict zones. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 46-63. (Routledge advances in feminist studies and intersectionality) ISBN 9780415817356

Ware, Vron (2014) The space of a movement: life-writing against racism. In: Evans, Mary , Hemmings, Clare , Henry, Marsha , Johnstone, Hazel , Madhok, Sumi , Pomien, Ania and Wearing, Sadie, (eds.) The Sage handbook of feminist theory. London, U.K. : Sage. ISBN 9781446252413

Ware, Vron (2013) Can you have Muslim soldiers? Diversity as a martial value. In: Kapoor, Nisha , Kalra, Virinder S. and Rhodes, James, (eds.) The state of race. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 121-145. ISBN 9780230367517

Ware, Vron (2013) Cheap chickens and ethical eggs: the place of an English village in the world. In: Stacey, Jackie and Wolff, Janet, (eds.) Writing otherwise: experiments in cultural criticism. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. ISBN 9780719089428

Ware, Vron (2013) Muslims and military service. In: Alexander, Claire , Redclift, Victoria and Hussain, Ajmal, (eds.) The new Muslims. London, U.K. : Runnymede Trust. pp. 20-22. ISBN 9781909546004

Ware, Vron (2011) 'Johnny Gurkha loves a party': the colonial film archive and the racial imaginary of the worker-warrior. In: Grieveson, Lee and McCabe, Colin, (eds.) Film and the end of empire. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 119-131. ISBN 9781844574247

Ware, Vron (2010) The white fear factor. In: Boehmer, Elleke and Morton, Stephen, (eds.) Terror and the postcolonial. Oxford, U.K. : Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 99-112. ISBN 9781405191548

Ware, Vron (2009) Qui se préoccupe de l'identité national? In: Agudelo, Carlos , Boidin, Capucine and Sansone, Livio, (eds.) Autour de "l'Atlantique Noir": une polyphnie de perspectives. Paris, France : IHEAL. pp. 183-189. ISBN 9782915310931

Ware, Vron (2009) The ins and outs of Anglo-Saxonism. In: Perryman, Mark, (ed.) Breaking up Britain: four nations after a Union. London, U.K. : Lawrence & Wishart. pp. 133-149. ISBN 9781905007967

Ware, Vron (2007) Looking for whiteness in the war on terror. In: Petrilli, Susan, (ed.) White matters: il bianco in questione. Rome, Italy : Meltemi. pp. 99-108. (Athanor : semiotica, filosofia, arte, letterature, no. 10) ISBN 9788883535581

Ware, Vron (2007) The future of feminism: what other way to speak? In: Daileader, Celia R. , Johnson, Rhoda E. and Shabazz, Amilcar, (eds.) Women and others: perspectives on race, gender and empire. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 173-195. (Signs of Race) ISBN 9780312296018

Ware, Vron (2005) The power of recall: writing against racial identity. In: Murji, Karim and Solomos, John, (eds.) Racialization: studies in theory and practice. Oxford, UK : Oxford University Press. pp. 123-139. ISBN 9780199257027

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