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 gender and sexual identities.

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 also published research about gender and sexuality on social media platforms such as YouTube, the history of HIV and homophobia, and the educational experiences and social networks of young gay, bisexual, and queer men.

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



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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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