Dr Tiffany Jenkins is a cultural sociologist, writer and commentator, who splits her time between London and Edinburgh. A frequent broadcaster on the arts and social issues, she has a weekly column in The Scotsman newspaper. Other writing credits include: The Independent, Spectator, and Guardian. She is the presenter of the Radio 4 programme Beauty and the Brain, which examines what brain science can tell us about art.
Her next book, is the edited collection: Political Culture, Soft Interventions and National Building, published this Autumn by Routledge.
She is writing – Keeping Their Marbles – It charts how museums acquired their objects – at times with highly questionable methods and means – exploring who owns culture and why. Her first book – Contesting Human Remains in Museum Collections: The Crisis of Cultural Authority – looks at the influences at play on the controversy over human remains in museum collections.
She is the Culture Section co-editor, of Sociology Compass, a peer-reviewed journal that presents review articles surveying topics of interest within sociology.
A committee member of the Battle of Ideas and curates the arts related discussions. Previously, she was the Director of the Arts and Society Programme at the Institute of Ideas.
Previously, a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics, in the Department of Law, where she continues to be involved in establishing a research hub on cultural property, cultural diplomacy, art law and heritage issues.
She has been a co-convener of the British Sociological Association study group, Sociologists Outside Academia, which aims to raise the status of sociological work undertaken beyond an academic context, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce.
You can contact her at jenkins[dot]tiffany[at]gmail[dot]com