Dr Max Morris


I joined the Department of Criminology and Sociology at Kingston University in 2019. As a queer criminologist, my research and teaching are informed by postmodern theories to understand the role of law and society in constructing identities. I am the module leader for 'Social Justice and Social Movements' and 'Sex that Offends', and lecture across all levels (UG and PG).

My PhD provided the first empirical study of young men who agreed to sell sex online without advertising or identifying as sex workers, something I called 'incidental sex work'. This study challenged dominant discourses of criminality, deviance, exploitation, pathology, and victimisation, alongside liberal, rights-based, identity politics as applied to casual/commercial sex.

I have published research on topics including the criminalisation of HIV, the experiences of sexual minority students, and the history of homophobia (see below). Alongside providing guest lectures at Cornell University, Durham University, University of London, and other institutions, I regularly comment on these topics in the media.

Academic responsibilities

Lecturer in Criminology


  • PhD, Sociology and Social Policy, Durham University
  • MA, Social Research Methods, Durham University
  • BA, Philosophy and Politics, University of Liverpool

Teaching and learning


My research focuses on gender, sexuality, and social justice movements from a postmodern perspective.

Areas of specialism

  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Sex Work
  • Social Media
  • HIV

Scholarly affiliations

  • British Sociological Association
  • Sex Work Research Hub (Board Member)
  • Sociological Research Online (Associate Board Member)


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Number of items: 9.


Brooks-Gordon, Belinda, Morris, Max and Sanders, Teela (2021) Harm reduction and decriminalization of sex work : introduction to the special section. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, ISSN (print) 1868-9884 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Morris, Max (2021) The limits of labelling : incidental sex work among gay, bisexual, and queer young men on social media. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, ISSN (print) 1868-9884 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Morris, Max (2021) The politics of testing positive : an autoethnography of media (mis)representations at the 'start' and 'end' of different pandemics. Culture, Health & Sexuality, ISSN (print) 1369-1058 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Ashford, Chris, Morris, Max and Powell, Alex (2020) Bareback sex in the age of preventative medication : rethinking the 'harms' of HIV transmission. The Journal of Criminal Law, 84(6), pp. 596-614. ISSN (print) 0022-0183

Morris, Max (2018) "Gay capital" in gay student friendship networks : an intersectional analysis of class, masculinity, and decreased homophobia. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 35(9), pp. 1183-1204. ISSN (print) 0265-4075

McCormack, Mark, Wignall, Liam and Morris, Max (2016) Gay guys using gay language : friendship, shared values and the intent‐context‐effect matrix. British Journal of Sociology, 67(4), pp. 747-767. ISSN (print) 0007-1315

Morris, Max and Anderson, Eric (2015) 'Charlie is so cool like' : authenticity, popularity and inclusive masculinity on YouTube. Sociology, 49(6), pp. 1200-1217. ISSN (print) 0038-0385

Morris, Max, McCormack, Mark and Anderson, Eric (2014) The changing experiences of bisexual male adolescents. Gender and Education, 26(4), pp. 397-413. ISSN (print) 0954-0253


Morris, Max (2018) Incidental sex work : casual and commercial encounters in queer digital spaces. (PhD thesis), Durham University, .

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