Professor Eric Anderson has mentored dozens of Masters students and over a dozen doctoral students in various aspects of masculinities, sexualities and sport studies. He accepts highly motivated PhD students whom desire to work from a scientific and emperical perspective, only. If you are interested in pursuing a Master's in Research or PhD with Professor Anderson, please contact him with an abstract of your interests.


Professor Anderson's prodigies include:


Dr. Mark McCormack

Professor Roehampton University

Mark is a sociologist interested in understanding the effects of decreasing homophobia in Western cultures. He holds a BS, MRes and PhD from the University if Bath, and has worked at Brunel and Durham before earning a chair at Roehampton. His work empirically documents the erosion of homophobia in educational and sporting settings, as well as in the wider culture. His research explores how this has resulted in an expansion of gendered and sexual behaviours for male youth and documents the improvement in life experiences of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth. 


Dr. Rory Magrath

Senior Lecturer: Southampton Solent University

Rory graduated from Southampton Solent University in 2010 with a BA (Hons) in Football Studies. Following this, he successfully completed his MSc in Sociology of Sport from Loughborough University, before earning a PhD under Eric Anderson, at Winchester University. Rory's research focuses on football players and fans' attitudes toward homosexuality. 


Dr. Rachael Bullingham

Senior Lecturer: Worcester University

Rachael is a Lecturer in Physical Education at the University of Worcester. She previously taught Physical Education in a secondary school, as well as performing various pastoral roles. In addition to teaching she has been involved in research and has recently published on the topic of homophobia in sport. Rachael is currently studying for a PhD analysing the experiences of openly lesbian athletes participating in team sports. She is a keen sport player and currently plays hockey; previously she has both played and officiated rugby. Rachael also enjoys outdoor sports particularly sailing where she won national titles, as crew, in the yachting world dayboat class.


Dr. Benjamin Rockett 

Teacher: Australian College of Physical Education

After earning his BA, MA and PhD from the University of Bath, Ben moved to Australia to work where he puts to use his dissertation on attachment order by working with vulnerable children. He is also a competitive endurance athlete, with bizarre but impressive world records.


Dr. Ryan Scoats

Tutor: University of Winchester

Ryan earned his BA and MA from the University of Bath before working on his PhD with Professor Anderson at the University of Winchester. His interests cross the fields of a critical analysis of sport and research into changing masculinities, but his PhD examines the changing nature of sexual threesomes in a culture of decreasing homohysteria. He is currently examining other areas of changing heterosexualities, too.


Dr. Adi Adam

Lecturer: Bournemouth University 

Adi earned his BA and MA from the University of Bath under Professor Anderson before doing his PhD in the study of inclusive masculinities among 12-14 year old football players. Adi is also a qualified (level 3) football coach and has worked within an academy for ten years, where he has also conducted research.


Dr. Carol Shepherd

Carol has a first class degree in German from Southampton Uni, a Masters in European Cultural Studies and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Modern Languages). She is the Vice-Chair of the Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement and runs a website for bi-attracted and bisexual people of faith. Her research examines the intersection of bisexual identities and Christianity according to both generational and geographical differences. 


Dr. Stefan Robinson

Stefan earned his bachelors in coaching education at the University of Bath and then enrolled in the PhD with Professor Anderson to study the bromance. His ethnographic work shows that millennial heterosexual men enjoy strong emotional relationships with other men; relationships that they often privilege over their girlfriends. Additionally, he shows elevated levels of intensity between straight men kissing, cuddling and engaging in semi-sexual behaviours together. He currently works in the public sector.


Dr. John Batten 

Senior Lecturer: University of Winchester

John has been a lecturer in the Sports Studies Department at The University of Winchester since January 2008. He completed a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science and MSc in Psychology of Sport and Exercise, followed by a Certificate in Counselling Skills at the University of Chichester. He then later completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and Post Graduate Certificate in Research Skills at The University of Winchester. John is now in the process of further study toward his PhD and is an active sport, exercise and education consultant. In particular, he has experience in working with academy football and development squads and works closely with both the NHS and Portsmouth City Council. 


Jo Batey

Senior Lecturer: University of Winchester

Jo Batey is Programme Leader for the MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences and a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has been teaching at the University of Winchester since 1998. Her undergraduate degree was in Sports Science and History and this was followed by an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Exeter University where she also lectured part-time. She is currently undertaking her PhD in expectancies, bias and feedback in undergraduate work.


Matthew Ripley

Funded PhD student, University of Southern California

Matthew Ripley gained his undergraduate degree from the University of Bath, UK where he suspended his studies for a year to conduct research with Professor Anderson. He is currently a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California. His research focuses on the intersection of class, sexuality and masculinities. He has been published in multiple, internationally recognized journals.


Adam White

Funded PhD student, University of Winchester

Adam joined St Mary’s in 2014 as a part time Graduate Assistant.  He has a first class joint honours in Education & Social Science and Physical & Sport Education from St Mary’s University and is studying for a MPhil/PhD at the University of Winchester under the supervision of Professor Eric Anderson and Dr Stewart Cotterill.  Adam has experience in education and sport development; is an accredited educator of a number of sport national governing bodies; and sits on the board of the England Rugby Football Schools Union. His research interests concern inclusive masculinities in sport and education.

Campell Williams

PhD student, University of Winchester


Kerry White

PhD student, University of Winchester

Kerry began as a swimming and rowing teacher before qualifying as a PE Teacher, where she worked at at both private and state run schools. Moving into community coaching and coach education for a national governing body she returned to university to study a Masters in Sport and Society. On completion of that MA she took on a lead development coach role for the Rowing Association of the Maldives, where she established the training programme and tutored coaches to complete their level two qualification. On her return she worked as an education and training manager, alongside her ongoing PhD, which examines sport and PE curriculum provision with the aim of enhancing students perception of personal and social capital.