Hannah May Fletcher-Poole


Hannah is a PhD student in the Department of Sociological Studies. She studied a BA in History and Sociology at the University of Sheffield, during which time she undertook a year abroad at Montana State University. Upon completion of her first class undergraduate degree in 2016 Hannah was awarded the University of Sheffield’s George Richard Potter Prize in History and the G. P. Jones Prize in Economic History. Hannah then went on to complete an MA in Sociology and Social Research at Newcastle University, before returning to Sheffield in 2017 to accept a Faculty of Social Science Doctoral Academy Award Scholarship to undertake a PhD.

Research interests

Hannah’s research interests centre on the interplay of race and class, with a specific focus on critical whiteness studies. Her doctoral research is also concerned with ideas surrounding community, attachment and neighbourhood cohesion as her study has utilised a qualitative methodology to explore the implications of the Brexit vote for ideas surrounding belonging in a predominantly working-class neighbourhood. She is also interested in the impacts of neighbourhood change – especially in terms of ethnic and class make-up – and her research has dealt with the impact of migration, stigma and racialised notions of fairness.