I came to the University on 1st October 2006 to take up a Chair of Sociology and Social Policy after being at the University of Plymouth for seven years and before that at the Universities of Helsinki and London. I received a BA in Sociology from Fordham University, New York, USA in 1972. In 1978, I was awarded my Ph.D, in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London. My Ph.D. was the first PhD on lesbians in the UK. I left the University of Liverpool to retire on 31 January 2011 and since that time I have been active in writing sociology.
- Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship, ‘Writing the self, the other and the social: Using Autoethnography as a feminist method of 'sensitising the I' (Competitive Fellowship, 2014)
- Honorary Professor (Aarhus Universitet, Denmark 2016)
- Honorary Professor (University of Plymouth 2016)
- Docent in Sociology (University of Helsinki & Åbo Academy University 2016)