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Sociology Research


Kenny Monrose is an affiliated researcher at the University of Cambridge in the department of Sociology, and a visiting college research associate at Wolfson college. Kenny has over twenty years 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 a number of related areas such as familial configuration, identities and social position.

In 2013 Kenny acted as a research associate for Professor Dick Hobbs at the Essex centre for criminology, focusing on adult criminal career trajectories. In 2015 Kenny was a post-doctoral research fellow as part of a collaborative project with Middlesex University and the Mayor's of London’s office for policing and crime, examining the development of specialist support services for young people who have offended and who have also been victims of crime, abuse and/or violence.

Kenny 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.

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.

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

Monrose, K. (Forthcoming 2019) Cassette and tape a carry di swing; The impact of live low fidelity recordings via trans-Atlantic dissemination., in The System is Sound. Edited by Worley, M, & Henry,W, London: Palgrave.

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.

PhD Supervisor

Professor Nigel South

Research Groups & Affiliations


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-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,ERSC1+3 PhD Research Studentship, University of Essex (PTA-031-2004-00143).

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

Job Title:
Affiliate Researcher, Wolfson College
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