Angelia Wilson

Angelia Wilson


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  • POLI31061 American Politics
  • POLI30452 The Politics of Hate



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Angelia Wilson is an experienced political commentator on American politics appearing on BBC Worls Service, BBC One News, BBC Breakfast, The Big Question, CBBC Newsround, DC-based SiriusXM and various BBC Radio programmes.

Wilson is a regular review of books for the Times Higher Education and has contributed to the Guardian's Comment is Free. Angelia has given public lectures at the University of Toledo, Abilene Christian University, the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, the University of Mauritius, the University of York and in the U. S. Library of Congress GLOBE lecture series.


Angelia Wilson (D.Phil, University of York; B.A. Hons. McMurry University) joined the University of Manchester in 1994. Professor Wilson's research explores the intersections of social conservatism, Christianity, feminist political theory and policies regulating sexuality.

Prof. Wilson is the Chair of the Political Studies Association of the UK, having previously served on the Council of the American Political Science Association. She is the Internationalisation Lead for the School of Social Sciences.

Her book, Why Europe is lesbian and gay friendly (and why America never will be) (SUNY, 2013), compares European and American differences in politics, welfare policies and social values which lead to divergent policies regulating the lives of lesbian and gay citizens. Her anthology, Situating Intersectionality (Palgrave, 2013), brings together international scholars employing an intersectional analysis of politics and policy outcomes. Her other books include: Below the Belt (Continuum, 2000); A Simple Matter of Justice? (ed.,Continuum, 1994); Activating Theory (co-ed, Lawrence & Wishart, 1993). Wilson's work has appeared in New Political Science, Politics & Religion, Politics & Gender, Contemporary Politics, Culture Health & Sexuality, Critical Social Policy, Sexualities and the American Review of Politics.

Wilson is an experienced political commentator on American politics having appeared on, for example, BBC Worlds Service, BBC One News, BBC Breakfast, The Big Question, CBBC Newsround, DC-based SiriusXM and various BBC Radio programmes.



Research interests

Current Research 
Prof. Wilson's current research project is entitled "Constructing social values as a political strategy: What are the strategies and mechanism by which the US Christian Right builds political constituencies?". This research includes original empirical research, interviews with Tea Party members and participant observation in over a dozen 'grassroots' gatherings such as the Values Voters Washington Briefing, the National Religious Broadcasters Convention, Exodus International and the Conservative Political Action Committee.

PhD students completing successfully

  • Concepts of a liveable life: Frames and policies regulating sex workers in the UK, Dr. Sara Kallock (co-supervised with Francesca Gains), 2015.
  • Where Gender and Medicine Meet: Transition Experiences and the NHS', Dr. Ryan Combs (co-supervised with Nick Turnbull), 2010.
  • Ethics and the 'Other' in the 'War on Terrorism', Dr. Aggie Hirst, (co-supervised with Maja Zehfuss), ESRC funded, 2010.
  • Fukuyama's 'End of History', Dr. Chris Hughes (co-supervised with Alan Hamlin), 2010.
  • Gay dads in the UK: rewriting the fatherhood manual?, Dr. Jeremy Davies, ESRC funded 2009.
  • The Impact of Internet on the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Early-adolescents in Mauritius, Dr. Ajit Rambarree 2006.
  • The Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships:  A comparative study of the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Ireland, within the policy framework of the European Union, Dr. Nicola Moran 2002.


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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Chair of the Political Studies Association of the UK

15 Apr 2017 → …


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