Born 1932 in Kingston, Jamaica. Lives and works in London, United Kingdom
Stuart Hall was educated at Jamaica College and, as a Rhodes Scholar scholar, at Merton College, Oxford, United Kingdom (1951-57). A founder-editor of New Left Review (1959-61), he taught film and mass media studies at London University before going to Birmingham University, United Kingdom, in 1964 to help Professor Richard Hoggart establish the Centre for Cultural Studies, of which he later became the Director (1970-79). He was Professor of Sociology at the Open University (1979-97) and is now Emeritus Professor at the Open University and Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths College, London University. His published contributions include many of the early texts of British cultural studies, e.g Policing the Crisis, Resistance Through Rituals, Culture, Media, Language; his work on “Thatcherism,” including New Times, The Politics of Thatcherism and The Hard Road To Renewal; more recently, on race, ethnicity, and cultural identity, including essays collected in Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies (ed. Morley & Kuan-Hsing Chen, 1996) and Black British Cultural Studies (ed. Baker, Diawara & Lindgborg, 1996). He edited Formations of Modernity and Modernity and Its Futures for the Understanding Modern Societies series (Polity and The O.U.) and Representations for the Culture, Media, Identities series (Sage and The O.U). He has made radio and television programs on a wide variety of topics, including the TV series, Redemption Song, for BBC2 on the cultures of the Caribbean. He currently chairs the board of two publicly funded “cultural diversity” arts agencies, The Institute of the International Visual Arts (InIVA) and Autograph: The Association of Black Photographers. He served on the Runnymede Trust's Commission on The Future Of Multi-Ethnic Britain (1999) and was President of the British Sociological Association. His most recent publications are The Question of Cultural Identity, with Paul DuGay (Sage, 1996) and Different: Contemporary Photographers and Black Identity with Mark Sealy (Phaidon, 2001). Without Guarantees, a volume of essays in his honor, was published by Verso (ed. Gilroy, Grossberg & McRobbie, 2000). He has been awarded honorary degrees by twenty universities in the UK, US, and the Caribbean and is an Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. He is married to Professor Catherine Hall and has two children and two grandchildren.
Contribution: Participates with the essay “New Ethnicities” in Station 4: The Book.