Dr Richie Nimmo - personal details
My journey into the social sciences began with a visceral interest in politics as a teenager. I studied politics enthusiastically at A-level, almost to the detriment of my other humanities subjects, and I was only introduced to sociology, which wasn't offered at my school, by my girlfriend who happened to be studying it at college. As I began reading Marx and other classics of critical social theory, the concerns of politics came to seem rather narrow. After beginning a degree in Social and Political Sciences, which gave me the opportunity to study sociology formally for the first time, I was soon converted, and after a year of studying politics at Manchester I transferred to sociology, and graduated in that subject in 2002.
Having grown to love the city I went on to study for my Masters and PhD at Manchester. My thesis drew upon actor-network theory and Foucauldian genealogy to develop a post-humanist sociomaterial history of dairy milk in the UK. I completed the PhD in 2007 and immediately moved to the University of Aberdeen to take up a position as Lecturer in Sociology there. I was delighted to have the opportunity to return to Manchester two years later. I continue to be inspired by the critical possibilities of sociology, but I am also increasingly concerned with the deletions and purifications of social thought, and by the ontological politics of its characteristic ways of knowing.