Staff Profile: Dr Sam Pryke


Faculty of Social Sciences


Social, Historical and Political Studies


Dr Sam Pryke


Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Contact details

Direct line: 01902 33455



University of Wolverhampton
Faculty of Social Sciences
Mary Seacole Building
Nursery  Street


Having left school in Liverpool at 16 in 1980, I did several manual jobs before doing A levels in a year at a FE and then studying Sociology at Lancaster University (83-86). 

After Lancaster, I taught English as a second language for 5 years (including in China, KSA and Spain) before doing an MA in International Studies at Warwick University. 

I then returned to Sociology (Manchester University) to do a PhD through an ESRC studentship.  Having obtained a doctorate in 1996 I became lecturer at Liverpool Hope University in 1996. 

I eventually left Hope in 2011 and became Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Wolverhampton University in 2011, a move I wish I had made many years earlier.

Academic qualifications

  • PGHE (Wolves)
  • PhD Sociology, ESRC studentship (Manchester)
  • MA Applied Social Research (Manchester)
  • MA International Studies (Warwick)
  • BA (Hons) Sociology (Lancaster)

Teaching interests

My teaching is mainly in the area of social theory and research methods. 

I am presently co-teaching the second year module 5SL006 Research Methods, 5SL005 Issues and Debates in Social Thought and 6SL007 Sociological Reasoning. 

In addition, I teach a third year module, 6SL007, the Sociology of Migration. 

At present we are looking to re-organise methods teaching so that there are semester-long modules in quantitative (involving the design of an online questionnaire) and qualitative methods in the second year of the undergraduate programme.

Corporate and community engagement

I was formerly a school governor at my son’s primary school, Sudley Junior School, Liverpool.

Professional body membership and roles

I am a member of the European Sociological Association and the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism.

Research interests

I first acquired an interest in nations and nationalism whilst travelling in the late 1980s and early 1990s and witnessing the enormous power of nationalism in bringing down the Eastern bloc. 

Since then, with other academic interests mixed in, I have studied nationalism in relation to various phenomena. 

My thesis was on issues around masculinity and sexuality in early British youth movements. 

I have carried out subsequent research on, amongst other topics, long distance nationalism and the relationship between nation and globalisation. 

At present, I am engaged in research on resource nationalism following a successful publication in 2012 on nationalism and economic nationalism.

Selected publications


Nationalism in a Global World (Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2009).

Refereed articles

  • Economic Nationalism: theory, history and prospects’, Global Policy, forthcoming, September 2012. 
  • 'Wikipedia and the university, a case study’, Teaching in Higher Education, Spring 2012. 
  • 'The Control of Sexuality in the Early British Boy Scouts Movement’, Journal of Sex Education (Spring 2005). 
  • 'Some of our people can be the most difficult”.  Reflections on difficult interviews’, Sociological Research Online (February 2004).
  • 'British Serbs and Long Distance Nationalism’, Ethnic and Racial Studies (January 2003).