Ruth Lewis

Associate Professor

Research interests

My reseach focuses on gender, activism, violence and abuse. I have supervised six PhD students to completion and currently supervise four. I'm very happy to supervise PhD projects looking at gender, violence and abuse (online and offline), and activism.  

My recent research projects include:

'Tackling hate crime and online harassment on campus' Highr Education Council of England and Wales (£35) with Professor Mike Rowe. 2017-19.

‘Online victimisation of women: a case of abuse, activism and agency?’  (£7k) PI, with Professor Mike Rowe British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants 2015-16

Young women students and feminism in the US and UK’. with Susan Marine, Merrimack University, USA. 2012-16

‘Feminism and women’s spaces’ with Elizabeth Sharp, Texas Tech University. 2014-15

‘Lesbians on Screen: How far have we come?’ with Julie Scanlon and Jackie Collins, Northumbria University. 2015-16

‘Women and Activism in the North East: reclaiming the past, mapping the present and projecting the future’ with colleagues in the Gender and Society Research Hub, Northumbria University 2016-17.




Research Student Supervision Interests

I am happy to supervise projects about feminism, gender, violence and abuse, activism.

Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • PhD, Sociology and Social Policy

    30 Jun 1992 - 30 Jun 1998
  • Diploma, Sociology

    Diploma in Advanced Legal Studies. Centre for Criminology and the Social and Philosophical Study of Law, Edinburgh University. 1990-1991

    1 Sep 1990 - 1 Jun 1991
  • MA (Hons), Sociology

    Sociology MA (Hons) (2:1) Sociology Department, Edinburgh University.

    1 Sep 1984 - 1 Jun 1990

Professional Qualifications

  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA), Higher Education Academy (HEA)

    24 Jul 2017 -