Anna Bull

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Anna Bull
EducationPhD in sociology
Alma mater
  • University of Cambridge
  • Goldsmiths College
Known forSociology, gender, class, music, education
Scientific career
FieldsSociology, Ethnomusicology
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge, Goldsmiths College, Anglia Ruskin University, University of Portsmouth
ThesisThe musical body: How gender and class are reproduced among young people playing classical music in England (2014)
Doctoral advisorLes Back and Bev Skeggs
Other academic advisorsGeorgina Born
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Anna Bull is an academic, sociologist and ethnographer. She is co-founder of the 1752 Group which aims to address sexual misconduct in higher education. She currently holds a position as Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University of Portsmouth.[1]


Before attaining degrees in social and political sciences at Cambridge and a PhD in sociology at Goldsmiths, Bull had a career as a pianist, cellist and music educator in her native New Zealand and in Scotland.[2]

In her book Class, Control and Classical Music, Bull aims to "politicize the aesthetic of classical music"[3] by investigating societal inequalities that are produced by classical music conventions and institutions. Awarded the Philip Abrams Memorial prize by the British Sociological Association,[4] and has been reviewed as a significant "contribution to the burgeoning literature on middle-class cultural practices" and an "aid to understanding the place of classical music in contemporary society."[5]

Selected publications


  • Class, control, and classical music. Oxford University Press. 2019. ISBN 9780190844356.

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Anna Bull in the media


  1. "Anna Bull". Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  2. "‎New Books in Sociology: Anna Bull, "Class, Control, and Classical Music" (Oxford UP, 2019) on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  3. Association, British Sociological (2020-04-20), Richard Waller interviews Anna Bull about her Philip Abrams Memorial Prize winning book., retrieved 2021-01-16
  4. "Philip Abrams Memorial Prize - Winners Announcement". The British Sociological Association. 2020-04-22. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  5. Banks, Mark (2020-06-26). "Book review: Class, Control and Classical Music". European Journal of Cultural Studies. doi:10.1177/1367549420929716.

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