Skip to Content
Exit Menu
Dr Simon Weaver

Dr Simon Weaver
Senior Lecturer

Marie Jahoda 145


Simon is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications at Brunel University London. He started at Brunel as a Lecturer in Media and Communications in April 2012 and became a Senior Lecturer in October 2017.

Simon completed his PhD in the Department of Sociology, University of Bristol, with a thesis entitled Humour, Rhetoric and Racism: A Sociological Critique of Racist Humour. That thesis formed the basis of his first book, The Rhetoric of Racist Humour: US, UK and Global Race Joking, which was published by Ashgate in September 2011. His first journal article (The ‘Other’ Laughs Back: Humour and Resistance in Anti-Racist Comedy, Sociology 2010 44.1: 31-48), won the British Sociological Association’s ‘Sage Prize for Innovation and/or Excellence 2011’.

Between his PhD and arriving at Brunel, Simon worked as a Research Associate in Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester and held an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Communications and Media Studies, Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University.


  • PhD Sociology (Bristol)
  • MSc Sociology (Bristol)
  • BA History and Sociology (UWE)


External Partnerships Coordinator for the Division of Social Sciences and Communications

Research Seminar Series Coordinator for Sociology and Communications

Co-Convenor, MSc Media and Communications

Newest selected publications

Weaver, S. (2017) 'Book Review: Watson, Cate. 2015. Comedy and Social Science. Towards a Methodology of Funny.'. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research. ISSN: 1613-3722 Open Access Link

Journal article

Martin, GP., Currie, G., Weaver, S., Finn, R. and McDonald, R. (2017) 'Institutional complexity and individual responses: delineating the boundaries of partial autonomy'. Organization Studies, 38 (1). pp. 103 - 127. ISSN: 1741-3044 Open Access Link

Journal article

Weaver, S. and Mora, RA. (2016) 'Introduction: Tricksters, humour and activism'. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 19 (5). pp. 479 - 485. ISSN: 1367-8779 Open Access Link

Journal article

Weaver, S. and Ozieranski, P. (2016) 'New European tricksters: Polish jokes in the context of European Union labour migration'. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 19 (5). pp. 577 - 591. ISSN: 1367-8779 Open Access Link

Journal article

Weaver, S. (2016) 'Book Review: Working to laugh: assembling difference in American stand-up comedy venues, by James M. Thomas, Lanham, Boulder, New York and London, Lexington Books, 2015, viii+173pp., £52.95 (hardback), ISBN 978-0739189559'. Ethnic and Racial Studies. ISSN: 1466-4356 Open Access Link

Journal article
More publications(35)