Dr Sam Berlin

Dr Sam Berlin

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)



I joined Plymouth as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Atmospheres of (counter)terrorism in European cities project. Before coming to Plymouth, I completed my PhD in Human Geography at the University of Bristol in 2021. My PhD project used post-humanist theories to rethink the everyday politics of class, development and futurity in contemporary China in the form of an ethnography of a market street in a small Chinese city. Another strand of work has focused on the politics and ethics of trans and queer life. I am interested in using critiques from affect and non-representational theories to create fresh approaches to the politics of subjectivity and difference. Before returning to academia, I worked in China as a translator. 


PhD Human Geography, University of Bristol (2021)

  • Thesis: Developmental Politics and Everyday Life: Working and Aspiring on Taohua Street

MSc Human Geography (Society and Space), University of Bristol (2015)

  • Dissertation: Trans Ethics

BA Chinese and Geography, SOAS and King's College London (2010)



Research interests

  • Affect and non-representational theories, continental philosophy, postcolonial and feminist theory
  • Critical political economy: class, urbanization, migration, development
  • LGBTQ+ politics, queer and trans theory
  • Contemporary Chinese and British societies
  • Qualitative research methodologies: ethnography, narrative, positionality



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Berlin S (2022) 'Book review: Bodies, Affects, Politics: The Clash of Bodily Regimes' cultural geographies 29, (2) 330-331 , DOI Open access
Berlin S (2019) 'On Becoming a ‘Blue-eyed, Blond American Friend’' Made in China Journal 4, (3) , DOI
Berlin S (2022) 'Feeding the Future: The Politics of Aspiration in a Chinese Market Street' in Kehoe S; Wielander G Cultural China 2021 University of Westminster Press 44-48
Berlin S & Brice S (2022) 'The Ontopolitics of Gender as Transindividual Relation' in Cremin C Deleuze, Guattari and the Schizoanalysis of Trans Studies Bloomsbury Publishing