John Street is a professor of politics in the School of Political, Social and International Studies. He joined UEA in 1980, having completed his DPhil at the University of Oxford. His teaching and research focuses on the politics of media and culture.

He is responsible for two modules, Politics and Media, and Politics and Popular Culture. He contributes to a number of other modules, including Media and Society and Power and Society. He has taught modules on the politics of technology, sound, democracy, socialism and Britain. In 2007, he received a UEA Excellence in Teaching Award. 

Until recently, he was involved in five funded research projects. Three of these were part of CREATe, a centre funded by the AHRC and other research councils to investigate copyright and new business models in the creative industries. His particular projects focused on musicians and copyright and on the regulation of the collecting societies. He was also the Co-Investigator with Professor Matt Worley (University of Reading) on a Leverhulme project on the history and politics of punk, and with Dr Mark Rimmer (UEA) on an AHRC cultural value grant.  

His current research is on the protest song, on the impact of celebrity politics, on the politics of sound and silence and on the regulation of the press.  

He is the author or co-author of seven book and some 80 articles. A special section of British Journal of Politics and International Relations (2012) was devoted to his article on celebrity politics that appeared in the same journal in 2004, and which won the Best Article award for that year. 

With Simon Frith and Will Straw, he was a co-editor of The Cambridge Companion of Pop and Rock, and on the editorial group of the journal Popular Music. For 10 years, he wrote music reviews for the Times. He has written for New Socialist, Marxism Today, New Statesman, and a number of other publications, He has appeared on a number of broadcast programmes, including Radio 4’s ‘Thinking Allowed’ and ‘Taboo Be Do’, and BBC TV’s Daily Politics Show. 

He supervises PhD students working on a range of topics, including the politics of music, new forms of political communication, and participatory democracy. He is a member of the Political Studies Association, the Subcultures Network, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, and MeCCSA. 

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 



  • 1978-1989: Tutor in Politics, Merton College, University of Oxford  
  • 1979-1980: Heyworth Research Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford
  • 1980-1994: Lecturer in Politics, University of East Anglia
  • 1994-1999: Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of East Anglia
  • 1999-2003: Reader in Politics, University of East Anglia
  • 2003-     Professor of Politics, University of East Anglia


Academic Background

  • 1972-1975 BA in Politics (1st Class), University of Warwick  
  • 1975-1978 DPhil, Nuffield College, University of Oxford


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