Colin Campbell

Professor Emeritus of Sociology
University of York

Welcome to an insight into the life, career and achievements of Colin Campbell.


Colin was born in Birmingham in 1940. He obtained his first degree, a BSc. (Econ.), as an external student of the University of London in 1961, only to be immediately offered a teaching job on graduation at the same college where he had been studying, the City of Birmingham College of Commerce.

In 1964, he moved to York as an Assistant Lecturer in the new combined department of Politics and Sociology, obtaining his Ph.D., also as an external student of the University of London, in 1968.

Colin has been at York ever since, acting as Head of Department from 1990 to 1995, while he has been Emeritus Professor since October 2006. Although formally retired, Colin continues to contribute to conferences and workshops as well as publish books and articles.

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During his period at York Colin has had several spells as a visiting academic at universities at home and abroad.

From 1974 to 1976 he was a Visiting Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.
In 1994 he was a Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford.
In 1998 he was Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Cultural Pluralism in Rio de Janeiro.
In 1999 he was Visiting Research Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University in Canberra.

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