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Professor Anthony King


Current Post: Professor in Sociology

Anthony King read Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge University, where he specialised in Social Anthropology and was supervised by Keith Hart. He graduated in 1989, and then studied an MA in Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor between 1989 and 1991. In the course of this MA, he sustained his interest in anthropology, working on a Native Canadian Reserve in British Columbia. On returning to Britain, he began an ESRC-funded PhD (‘The Premier League and the New Consumption of Football’) at Salford University under Ian Taylor in 1992. He completed his dissertation in 1995 and was appointed as a lecturer in the Sociology Department at Liverpool University. In 1997, he moved to Exeter where he was Head of the Department, 2006-09. He has held three ESRC grants while at Exeter and in 2012-13 was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College Oxford.

Anthony King is a keen sportsman. He has climbed since he was a teenager, rowed for the Cambridge University lightweights against Oxford in 1988, and skied for the University of Michigan cross-country ski club in 1990-91. In his spare time, he currently fell-runs, rock-climbs, surfs and skis. He completed a Bob Graham Round in 2012.