Editorial Team

Editorial Team


Francesca Halstead is Senior Journals Publishing Manager for Sociology and Social Welfare at John Wiley & Sons. Francesca is currently on maternity leave until June 2021.

Laura Orchard 
is Senior Journals Publishing Manager for Sociology and Social Welfare at John Wiley & Sons, whilst Francesca is on maternity leave. To submit an article to Sociology Lens or join our Editorial Team, please contact Laura at editor@sociologylens.net with a copy of your CV and details about your area of research.



Assistant Editor 

Lucy Towers is a Journals Publishing Assistant for Social Sciences and Humanities at John Wiley & Sons.


Ellie Byrne is a researcher at Cardiff School of Social Sciences. She does community-based research on culture, well-being and inequalities,  and is the Sociology Lens sub-editor for  articles on the sociology of health and illness. Ellie is particularly interested in arts-based methods and approaches to research and engagement.

Laura Batstra is a psychologist and an associate professor at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. She teaches psychopathology, family therapy, solution focused therapy and qualitative research methods. Her research focuses on medicalization and ways to combat it. One of the ways to counterbalance medicalization and disorder thinking, is to diminish the dominance of biomedical perspectives in clinical research and practice, as well as in society more generally, and to draw attention to societal factors (e.g. poverty) and characteristics of the scientific community (e.g. publication bias) that play a part in the rise of psychiatric diagnoses and treatments.  For a recent interview with Laura on her work see https://www.rug.nl/news/2020/02/we-zitten-vast-in-het-stoornisdenken

Previous Editor

Tara Mantovani Stamm is a Graduate Program Director in the Sociology Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. Broadly, her research and teaching spotlights the experiences and depictions of young mothers, the importance of emerging mixed-methodological techniques, and intersections between gender, education, and media in popular culture. She is currently working on a project which uses an original content analysis of historical news broadcasts to examine depictions of social movement activists from 1970 to present and another which exposes the Neoliberal discourse of millennial generation feminists.

Previous News Editors

Gerald Koessl

Paul Robert Gilbert

Prya Murad

Roger Tyers

Lee Thorpe, Jr.

Megan Nanney

Joe Marchia

Scarlett Brown

George Byrne

Huw C. Davies (@huwcdavies )

Brittney Dennis

Haley Gentile

Christina Bermingham

Christina Blunt (christinablunt)

Rachel Bobbitt (rbobbitt)