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Sociology Research


Kenny Monrose is a researcher at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Sociology and a Fellow of Wolfson college Cambridge. He is the lead researcher on the Black British Voices Project at Cambridge Sociology.

Kenny has many year's experience in teaching, supervising and examining undergraduate and post-graduate students in the areas of Sociology, Behavioural Sciences and Criminology and Criminal Justice.

He completed a PhD in Sociology at the University of Essex in 2013. His doctoral thesis was a qualitative study centred in East London, examining the life course of maturing black men, with a focus on criminal preclusion and non-criminal participation. The study made an original contribution to knowledge by highlighting the scholarly omission of black adult male populations within academic deliberation on 'race' and crime. The thesis highlighted the continued confinements of prejudice, discrimination, and everyday racisms in the lives of black men, whilst rigorously engaging with several related areas such as familial configuration, identities, and social position.

Kenny acted as a Research Fellow with Middlesex University in collaboration with the Mayors of London’s office for policing and crime, examining the development of specialist support services for young people who have been victims of crime, abuse and/or violence.

Dr Monrose is the author of Black men in Britain: an ethnographic portrait of the post Windrush generation. The book engages with an invisible population of Black men who grew up during 1970s and 80s post-industrial Britain, and as part of an environment that rendered them irrelevant and indistinguishable.

He is an affiliate at The Centre for Screen & Film within the Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics, and a member of Centre for the study of Global Human Movement at the University of Cambridge.

Research Interests

Kenny’s current research builds on previous work and focuses on two key areas:

1. Migratory memoir and itinerant imagination: Investigates Anglophone Caribbean migration to Britain, and addresses what is currently a significant political moment in debates surrounding commonwealth citizenship, otherness and belonging.

2. The transmission of Caribbean Diasporic musical compositions: This research charts the ways in which music of Caribbean influence has incited the development of sub-cultures in Britain that are commonly bred and incubated in specific socio-political contexts, and often laden with ethnic-racial-class tensions within patriotic and sacred spaces.

Research Projects

Principal Investigator &  Research lead  for The Black British Voices Project (2021).

Reggae Transformations Project - How Reggae music transformed British Culture (Wolfson College Cambridge, October 2019)


SOC 11 Racism, Race and Ethnicity

SO3 Global Social Problems & Dynamics of Resistance

MPhil Supervisions

Key Publications - Books

Monrose, K. (2019) Black Men in Britain: An Ethnographic Portrait of the Post-Windrush Generation., Routledge Advances in Ethnography series. Routledge: London.

Key Publications - Book Chapters

Monrose, K.  (2020), Sound-tapes & Soundscapes: Lo-Fi cassette recordings as vectors of cultural transmission, in Narratives from Beyond the UK Reggae Bassline: The System is Sound. Edited by Worley, M, & Henry, W. Palgrave: London

Monrose, Kenny and Smith, Karline. 2019. The Notting Hill Riots, 1958. In “Resist: Stories of Uprising” Edited by Ra Page. Commapress,

Monrose, K. (2017) Shame, Scandal and Respectability within the Post Windrush generation, in Mischief, Morality and Mobs. Edited by Hobbs, D. pp61-82, New York. Routledge.

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Monrose, K. (2016) Struggling, Juggling & Street Corner Hustling: The Street Economy of Newham's Black Community, in Studies of Organized Crime. Edited by Antonopoulos, G. pp73-85, Switzerland. Springer.

Grants and Projects

2020, Centre for Research in the Arts , Social sciences & Humanities (CRASSH): Conference Support Funding 2021/22, Black Voices of Resistance.

2018, Heritage Lottery Fund. The 70th anniversary of arrival of the Empire Windrush 1948: an educational text. Port of Tilbury Riverside project.

2016, ESRC Sponsorship Social Science Festival: Reggae-on sea: Southend on-sea the Dub capital of Europe. (Application 8519398).

2007,University of Essex, International Research Fund. International Visiting Scholar in Residence: Faculty of African American Studies Yale University (USA).

2004, ERSC 1+3 PhD Research Studentship, University of Essex (PTA-031-2004-00143).

2003, Middlesex University (London) Cultural/Community Achievement Scholarship.

Research Groups & Affiliations

Job Title:
Researcher, Wolfson College
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