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Dr Francesca Coin

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Francesca Coin

Bowland North



Office Hours:

Monday, 11-12 or email me to schedule an appointment

Research overview

Francesca Coin joined Lancaster University in 2019. 

Francesca has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Georgia State University (2007). She is the PI of the research project "The nature of money and its social perception in times of crisis" funded by the Center for the Humanities and Social Change (2018-2021). 

Francesca's current work focuses on the eugenic regimes that underpin the intellectual history of neoliberalism and on their role in shaping sexual and racial hierarchies in our society. Her overarching idea is that the intellectual premises of racial supremacy that shape the development of the world order lie on an idea of otherness entrenched in inequality that has influenced the evolution of political economy and the current crisis of neoliberalism. Through these theoretical lenses and interests, Francesca is currently studying the social and economic crises that have chronicled the past four decades, from the New York fiscal crisis of 1975 to today's Coronavirus crisis. Over the years, she has examined the evolution of precarious, unpaid, agricultural and digital labor and the social conflicts that characterize them. She has published approximately fifty journal articles and chapters on the intersectional dimensions of inequality in the neoliberal turn. Her most recent book is "Keep the union at bay. The racial dimensions of anti-union practices in U.S. agriculture and the long fight for migrant farmlabor representation" (2018). In Francesca's courses, students learn about the events and processes that shape the capitalist economy while keeping an eye on the counter-narratives and the movements of resistance that chronicle our recent history.


Current Teaching

Francesca teaches SOCL330, Living with Capitalism;

SOCL 200, Sociological Thought for Our Times;

SOCL949, MA Dissertation module.

She is the MA Lead for Sociology and Social Research.

PhD Supervisions Completed

I am interested in supervising projects that fall within my research interests (see list below), and I am particularly keen to supervise research students who work on the intersections of crisis, class and social reproduction. If you are interested in applying for a PhD under my guidance, please send me an email outlining the project that you would be interested in conducting and some information about your studies and sociological interests.


Research interests:

a. Globalisation, de-globalisation, neoliberalism

b. Crisis, class and care

c. Political economy, cultural political economy

d. Labor, unpaid labour, precarious labour, farm-labour, care labour 

e. Unions and social movement 

f. Feminism, intersectionality and class

g. Capitalism, colonialism, racial capitalism, feminist marxism, social reproduction 

h. Innovation, digitalisation, platform capitalism, digital labour, digital currencies

i. Capitalism and mental health

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