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Richard Howells



C/O Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries

King's College London

London WC2R 2LS




Emeritus Professor of Cultural Sociology King’s College London, 2020 to present.  Professor of Cultural Sociology King’s College London 2016 to 2020. Reader in Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King's College London, 2006 to 2016.


Visiting Fellow, Exeter College, University of Oxford and Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Politics and International Relations,  University of Oxford, 2017. Visiting Scholar, St John's College, University of Oxford, summer 2015


Senior Lecturer in Communication Arts, Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds, 1994-2006.


Distinguished Visiting Professor, Center for the Arts in Society, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2004.


Director of Studies in Social and Political Sciences, Downing College, University of Cambridge, 1993 to 1994.




Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. PhD in Social and Political Science, 1994; doctoral thesis on “The Interpretation of Popular Culture as Modern Myth”. MPhil in Social and Political Theory, 1991. Awarded Quatercentenary, Thorn and External Research Studentships. President, The Mildmay Essay Club.


Harvard University. BA degree Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honours) in Visual Studies, 1989. Additional honours: Phi Beta Kappa, Detur Prize, John Harvard Scholarship (three times). President, The Signet Society.


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