Dr Peggy Watson


College position:

Director of Studies for Human, Social & Political Sciences, Year 1 (and Years 2 & 3 Sociology)

Dr Peggy Watson
Dr Peggy Watson

Association of Members of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton USA

British Sociological Association

Research Interests

Dr Watson is currently working on a book project on Feminism and the International Gender Equality Regime in Poland.

Teaching And Professional Interests

Post cold war studies

The Sociology of Health and Illness

Critical gender studies


Research Fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland 2013-2015.

Research  Fellow Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland 2012.

Rockefeller Foundation Writer’s Residency, Bellagio Center, Italy, 2012.

Visiting Professor in Sociology, IPSiR, University of Warsaw, Poland,  2011.

Wellcome Trust Research Grant (2002-2006) – (Risks, Rights, Responsibility: A Comparative Study of Occupational Health and Metal Manufacture in Poland 1949-1989)

Invited Fellow, School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton USA, 1994-95;- (Gender and Globalisation: Understanding the Implications of Change in Eastern Europe)

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (Chicago, USA) Award under the Research and Writing Grant Program for Individuals 1996 – (Civil Society and the Mobilisation of Difference in Eastern Europe).  

First Prize, Eileen David Illtyd Essay Competition, University College of Swansea/United Nations Association, 1982 (Was Solidarity a Demand for Human Rights?)

Links to online publications, articles or other work

The Politics of Morality in Poland: The Church, the State, and Reproductive Rights in Postsocialist Poland (Joanna Mishtal),  The Slavonic and East European Review, 94, 2, April 2016. (review)

Catastrophic Citizenship and Health Care in Poland, in P. Watson (ed) Health Care Reform and Globalisation: The US, China and Europe in Comparative Perspective, Routledge, 2013

Catastrophic Citizenship and Health Care in Poland, Normy, Dewiacje i Kontrola Społeczna, XIII, 2012,  pp. 53-79.

Fighting for Life: Health Care and Democracy in Capitalist Poland, Critical Social Policy, 31, 1,. 2011, pp. 53-76. 

‘Calendar Girl’ Parliamentarians?’ Ms. Magazine, Winter, 2010.

Czech Female MPs Reduce Politics by Posing as Pin-Ups, The Guardian, 2 September, 2010. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/sep/02/czech-calendar-pin-u...

Health Reform: Poland’s Painful Path, BMJ 340:c2837, 2010. http://www.bmj.com/content/340/bmj.c2837.extract

Obywatelstwo dla Wszystkich? Polityka Zmiany w Ochronie Zdrowia w Polsce, Prace Katedry Socjologii Norm, Dewiacji i Kontroli Społecznej IPSiR, t.XII, Warsaw: University of Warsaw, 2010.

Hospital Privatisation in Poland, Eurohealth, 15, 4, pp. 28-31, 2009.


Neoliberalizm, Demokracja, Ochrona Zdrowia, Prace Katedry Socjologii Norm, Dewiacji i Kontroli Spolecznej IPSiR, t.XI, Warsaw: University of Warsaw,  pp.7-31, 2009.

Inequalities of Health and Health Care in Transitional Europe, in D. Lane (ed) The Transformation of State Socialism, Palgrave/ Macmillan, 2007.

Unequalizing Citizenship; the Politics of Poland’s Health Care Change, Sociology: Theory, Methodology and Marketing, 2, June 2007 (Ukrainian and Russian translation of 2006 publication).

Unequalizing Citizenship: The Politics of Poland’s Health Care Change, Sociology, 40, 6, pp.1079-1096, 2006.

Stress and Social Change in Poland, Health and Place, 12, pp. 372-382, 2006.

Rethinking Transition: Globalism, Gender and Class, in J.W. Scott and D. Keates (eds) Going Public: Feminism and the Shifting Boundaries of the Private Sphere, Champaign and Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2004.

Gender and Politics in Postcommunism, in K. Daskalova and  K. Slavova (eds) Women’s Identities and Representations in Eastern Europe, Sofia: Polis 2004 (in Bulgarian).

Transformacja Ladu Społecznego w Polsce a Problem Zdrowotności (na przykładzie Nowej Huty), Państwo i Społeczeństwo, IV, 2, 2004.

Nowa Huta: The Politics of Postcommunism and the Past, in  J. Edmunds and B. S. Turner (eds)  Narrative, Generational Consciousness, and Politics Rowman and Littlefield 2002.

Gender and Politics in Postcommunism, in G. Jähnert, J. Gohrisch, D. Hahn, H.M. Nickel, I. Peinl, K. Schäfgen (eds) Gender in Transition in Eastern and Central Europe: Proceedings, im Auftrag des Zentrums für Interdisziplinäre Frauenforschung an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin: trafo verlag, pp.37-48, 2001.

Education: Eastern Europe, in C. Kramerae and D. Spender (eds) Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women, New York: Routledge, 2000.

Education: Commonwealth of Independent States, in C. Kramerae and D. Spender (eds) Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women, New York: Routledge, 2000.

Rethinking Transition: Globalism, Gender and Class, International Feminist Journal of Politics, 2, 2,  pp.185-213, 2000

Politics, Policy and Identity: EU Eastern Enlargement and East-West Differences, Journal of European Public Policy, Special Issue: Women, Power and Public Policy, 7, 4, pp. 369-84, 2000.

Theorizing Feminism in Postcommunism, in A. Bull, H. Diamond and R. Marsh (eds)

Feminism and Women's Movements in Contemporary Europe, London: Macmillan, 2000.

The Relationship Between Health and Marital Status During Transition in Poland, Eurohealth, 6, 1, Special Issue: Focus on Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, pp. 50-52, 2000.

Antwort an Hanna Behrend, Das Argument: Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Sozialwissenschaften, 42 (1), 234, p. 93, 2000.

Geschlechter- und Klassenverhältnisse im Postkommunismus, Das Argument: Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Sozialwissenschaften, 41 (5), 232,  pp. 673-686, 1999.

Eastern Europe’s Silent Revolution: Gender, in J. Lovenduski (ed) Feminism and Politics, Volume II, International Library of Politics and Comparative Government, Aldershot: Ashgate, 1999. (Reprint of 1993 Sociology paper)

Health Difference in Eastern Europe: Preliminary Findings from the Nowa Huta Study, Social Science and Medicine, 46, 4, pp.549-558, 1998.

The Rise of Masculinism in Eastern Europe, in Yinhe Li (ed) Classics of Feminism, Beijing: Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1997 (in Chinese).

Civil Society and the Politics of Difference in Eastern Europe, in J.W. Scott,  C. Kaplan and D. Keates (eds) Transitions, Environments, Translations, New York: Routledge, 1997.

(Anti)Feminism after Communism, in A. Oakley and J. Mitchell (eds) Who's Afraid of Feminism?, London: Penguin, 1997.

The Invisible Hand Vanishes, Times Higher Educational Supplement, March 21, 1997.

The Rise of Masculinism in Eastern Europe, in M. Threlfall (ed) Mapping the Women's Movement, London: Verso, 1996.

Marriage and Mortality in Eastern Europe, in C. Hertzman, M. Bobak and S. Kelly (eds) The East-West Life Expectancy Gap in Europe: Environmental and Non-Environmental Determinants, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1996.

Explaining Rising Mortality Among Men in Eastern Europe, Social Science and Medicine, 41, 7, pp. 923-934, 1995.

Zivilgesellschaft und Geschlechterverhältnisse in Osteuropa, Das Argument, 211, 5, (September/October) pp. 721-730, 1995.

Supply and Demand: Polish Lessons, in N. South (ed) Drugs, Crime and Criminal Justice Vol.I, International Library of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Penology, Aldershot: Dartmouth, 1994. (reprint of 1991 Druglink article).

Cicha Rewolucja w Europie Wschodniej, Polityka Społeczna, XXI, 3, March, pp. 21-24, 1994.

The Rise of Masculinism in Eastern Europe, New Left Review, 198, pp. 71-82, 1993.

Eastern Europe's Silent Revolution: Gender, Sociology, 27, 3, pp. 471-487, 1993.

Osteuropa: Die Lautlose Revolution der Geschlechterverhältnisse, Das Argument, 202, November/December, pp. 859-874, 1993.

Opiates, Amphetamines and Aids in Poland, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Research Report, 1, 9, pp. 67-71, 1992.

Entre Democratie et Marché: les Usages de la Drogue en Pologne, in A. Ehrenberg and P. Mignon (eds) Drogues: Politique et Societé, Paris: Le Monde Editions et Editions Descartes, pp. 193-211, 1992.

Gender Relations, Education and Social Change in Poland, Gender and Education, 4, 1-2, pp.127-147, 1992.

Drugs and Aids: Social Policy and Social Control in Poland, in J. Kwaśniewski and P. Watson (eds) Social Control and the Law in Poland, 1991.

Supply and Demand: Lessons from Poland, Druglink, 6, 4, pp. 12-13, 1991.

Can Low Pay Damage Your Health? The New Review, 5, 1990.

Społeczno-Gospodarcze Uwarunkowania Narkomanii w Polsce, Alkoholizm i Narkomania, Winter Issue, pp. 148-161, 1990.

Drug Use and Policy in Poland in the 1980s, International Journal of Health Services, 19, 3, pp.443-456, 1989.


Health Care Reform and Globalisation: The US, China and Europe in Comparative Perspective, Routledge, 2013. (ed)

Promoting Women and Research, Durham: BSA, 1994. (with L. McKie and J. Holland).

The Ontology of Socialism: Jadwiga Staniszkis, Oxford University Press, 1992 (ed./trans.).

Social Control and the Law in Poland, Berg Publishers, 1991.  (with Jerzy Kwaśniewski).

Crisis and Transition: Polish Society in the 1980s, Berg Publishers, 1987. (with Jadwiga Koralewicz and Ireneusz Białecki).

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Forthcoming Publications:

Performing Middleclassness: Neo-colonialism, Feminism, and Citizenship Struggles in Poland, COLLeGIUM: Studies Across the Disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Special Issue: Citizenship under Construction. Affects, Politics and Practices. To appear January 2017.