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 teaches a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including Politics and Mass Media, Sound and Society, Politics and Popular Culture, and Media and Society. In 2007, he received a UEA Excellence in Teaching Award. 

He is presently involved in five funded research projects. Three of these are 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 focus on musicians and copyright and on the regulation of the collecting societies. He is also the Co-Investigator with Professor Matt Worley (University of Reading) of a Leverhulme project on the history and politics of punk, and with Dr Mark Rimmer (UEA) on an AHRC cultural value grant.  

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 is 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. 


Career History

  • 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


Key Research Interests

His main research interests are: the relationship between copyright and creativity; the politics of popular music; the ‘popularization’ of politics; and cultural value and cultural policy.


Teaching Interests

He teaches on the relationship between politics, media and popular culture. He has recently developed a module on Sound and Society. In the past, he has taught on democratic theory, British politics, theories of politics and society, and politics and technology.

Teaching Activities

Module Organiser: Politics and Mass Media, Politics and Popular Culture, Sound and Society, Media and Society


Professional Activities

  • Key note lecture, Italian Political Communication Association. December 2012
  • Keynote lecture, Policy Notes Conference, Monash University, Australia. June 2012
  • Member of the Academy of Social Sciences. 2010
  • LSE Public Debate on Celebrity Politics. 5/2/09

Administrative Posts

  • Management Committee, CREATe
  • Senate Disciplianry Committee
  • Deputy Chair of General Research Ethics Committee
  • ECPR Representative