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Dr Jamie Lawson

Dr Jamie Lawson

Dr Jamie Lawson
BA(Dunelm.), MSc(Dunelm.), PhD(St.And.)


Area of research

(Queer) sexual subcultures

43 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1UU
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+44 (0) 117 331 1188


A queer anthroppologist, my major research interest is in sex and sexuality, with a specific focus on sexual minorities and sexual subcultures. I have worked on sex and sexuality using a variety of methodologies including qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. Most recently, I have been involved in the Art of Relationships project at the OU, using a novel methodology (visual matrix) to evaluate the use of art as a pathway to impact, and have completed an interview-based study into the culture and history of the Puppy Play community. My book, a queer history for 12+ year olds titled "Rainbow Revolutions: Pride, Power and Protest in the Fight for Queer Rights" is due out in September 2019.  


After obtaining a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology and an MSc in Evolutionary Anthropology from the Unversity of Durham, I headed north to St Andrews to obtain a PhD in Psychology. After an initial teaching post in the School of Psychology, Royal Holloway I returned to my original home in Durham's Anthropology Department as a Teaching Fellow. After a few years honing my pedagocial and research skills there, I moved to Bristol to take up a Teaching Fellowhship in Anthropology. Having begun my research career in the evolutionary end of anthropology, I have now journeyed into a queerer, more social space. I teach across the full discipline of anthropology, with a particular focus on anthropological methods (qualitative, quantitative, and mixed) , and have a research focus on (queer) sex and sexuality, recently completing a project on Puppy Play, a sociosexual practice with its origins in the BDSM community. I am an engaged member of the LGBTQ+ community, and have been known to cause all sorts of trouble in the name of Equality and Diversity. My book "Rainbow Revoluitions: Pride, Power and Protest in the Fight for Queer Rights" is due out in September of this year. 


I am a queer, interdisciplinary teacher with a particular expertise in the teaching of research methods and analysis. 


At Bristol, I have lead / am leading the following units: 

Evolution in Action (1st year) 

Well-Being and Society (1st year)

Anthropological Methods (2nd year)


Dissertation (as Dissertation Coordinator, 3rd year)

Human Challenges (2nd year)

Methods and Analysis in Anthropology (4th year)


And have co-convened, or guest lectured on : 

Evolution and Human Behaviour

Gender, Sexuality and the Body


Population, Health and Development


  • Sex
  • sexualities
  • Queer
  • LGBT
  • BDSM
  • kink
  • puppy play
  • queer pedagogies
  • Pedagogy
  • methods and analysis



Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

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