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Billy Holzberg is Lecturer in Social Justice (equivalent to assistant professor). Before joining the School of Education, Communication & Society at King’s, he was a post-doctoral Fellow at the Sociology Department of the London School of Economics and a visiting researcher at the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality at Columbia University in New York City. He holds a PhD from LSE’s Gender Department and is an alumnus of the German National Merit Foundation.


Interested in the sexual, affective and intimate life of power, Billy works at the intersection of affect studies, queer theory, feminist epistemology, postcolonialism and critical migration and border studies. His current research focusses on ‘affective borders’ and analyses what role affect and emotion play in producing, securing and contesting the European border regime. Trained as a sociologist, Billy’s work is interdisciplinary and brings together social and political sciences with media and cultural analysis.

In his endeavour to understand how contemporary nationalisms are intensified through sexual and gendered politics, Billy also researches and has published on the sexual politics of border control, anti-genderism and the colonial entanglements of sexual violence activism. His work has been published in journals like Sociology, Body and Society and International Affairs. Billy is part of the editing collective of Engenderings, the LSE’s Gender Blog where he co-edits a series on transnational anti-gender politics.

You can find publications below and find more information on Billy’s research profile.


Billy mainly teaches on the BA in Social Sciences where he currently convenes modules on: The Everyday Politics of Gender and Sexuality, Media, Culture and Society and Civil and Political Rights.

PhD supervision

Billy is happy to co-supervise PhD projects on sexuality, gender, affect/emotion, media culture, borders, migration and nationalism.