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Available for PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising dissertations on any aspect of Marxist-Humanism (including on the Johnson-Forest Tendency, Raya Dunayevskaya, Harry McShane, News & Letters Committees and successor organisations, the Marxist Humanist Initiative and the International Marxist Humanist Organization.

I am also interested in supervising dissertations on racism and sectarianism in Northern Ireland, as well as on methodological nationalism and the Northern Ireland blindspot.


Chris Gilligan has taught at a number of Universities in the UK: Aston University, Edinburgh University, Salford University, University of Ulster and the University of the West of Scotland.

Area of academic expertise - outline

Migration, racisms and anti-racisms, with a particular focus on Northern Ireland and Scotland. Raya Dunayevskaya and Marxist-Humanism.

Desired research direction

social and political protest

Current research activities

Co-authored book chapter on Raya Dunayevskaya

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Chris Gilligan is interested in supervising PhD research in any of the following topic areas: resistance to immigration controls in the UK and/or Ireland; emancipatory anti-racism in the UK and/or Ireland; Raya Dunayevskaya, the founder of Marxist-Humanism in the USA; Harry McShane, the veteran Red Clydesider and later editor of the Scottish Marxist-Humanist; critical examinations of populism; 'self-organising' trade union activity (e.g. IWGB, UVW, IWW).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


  • HM Sociology
  • Ethnic and Racial Studies


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