Stuart Hall (1932–2014)

Sociologist and cultural theorist Stuart Hall has died, reports Patrick Butler of The Guardian. Born in Jamaica in 1932, Hall received a MA in English from Oxford University, but later abandoned a PhD on Henry James to concentrate on politics. Known as the “godfather of multiculturalism,” Hall founded the New Left Review in 1960 and taught sociology at the Open University in the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1997. He wrote a number of influential articles for the journal Marxism Today and published several books on topics such as race, gender, sexuality, and links between prejudice and the media. Hall received the European Cultural Foundation’s Princess Margriet Award in 2008.