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Staff Profile

Dr Tyson Mitman

Senior Lecturer and Course Lead for Postgraduate Studies

I am a senior lecturer in Sociology and Criminology and Social Sciences Postgraduate Course Lead at York St John University.

I study space, how we use it, how we make our lives in it, and how we position and debate power, identity and representation though it. Much of my research has focused on public aesthetics, and graffiti culture. Specifically, how individuals who produce public art construct their identity within their subculture, how their interaction with public space produces a type of political discourse, and how it affects spaces and those who use those spaces. I examine how graffiti's presence affects the way spaces are ideologically constructed, and how producing graffiti affects the individual from a subjective and cultural perspective.

Other research interests include craft beer and its producers. I look at how those producers work to find space within a crowded marketplace that is dominated by large-scale brewers, and how they create and maintain their identity and 'authenticity' while they find their position within that market.

My other research interests include memes, subculture studies, visual culture, deviance, politics of resistance, theories of democracy, access to political voice and agency, and morality.


  • Introduction to Sociological Theory 
  • Terrorism, State Crime and Political Violence
  • Critical Criminology
  • Spatial Sociology 
  • Crime and Deviance in the Contemporary World
  • Sociology of Everyday Life 
  • Advanced Research Methods 2
  • Exploring Society



  • Mitman, T. (2018). The Art of Defiance: Graffiti Culture in Philadelphia. Intellect Books.

Book Chapters

  • Mitman,T. (2015). Advertised Defiance: How New York City Graffiti went from “Getting Up” to “Getting Over”. In Lovata T. and Olton E. Understanding GraffitiLeft Coast Press.
  • D’Ovidio, R., Mitman, T., El-Burki, I. and Shumar, W. (2011). Adult-Child Sex Advocacy Websites as Learning Environments for Crime. In K. Jaishankar (Ed.), Cyber Criminology: Exploring Internet Crimes and Criminal Behavior. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Mitman, T. (2019).  Dead Graffiti Writers Never Die, They Just Fade Away: Memorializing and remembering dead graffiti writers. Nuart Journal, 3 32-39.
  • Mitman, T. (2018). Kick the Hive, Get the Bees: graffiti writers as assemblage and direct action political actors in their battle against H&M. Palgrave Communications, 4 (128)
  • Farkas, A., Mitman, T. & Porpora, D. (2015). Terrorism as Failed Political Communication. International Journal of Communication, 9 1120-1139
  • Mitman, T., Nikoleav, A., Porpora, D. (2012). The Critical Moral Voice on American Newspaper Opinion Pages, Communication, Culture and Critique, 5(3) 392-408
  • D’Ovidio,R., Mitman, T., El-Burki, I. & Shumar, W. (2009). Adult-Child Sex Advocacy Websites as Social Learning Environments: A Content Analysis, International Journal of Cyber Criminology, 3(1) 421-440

Other creative and critical production

Book Review

  • Mitman, T. (2009) Book Review, Virtually Criminal: Crime, Deviance, and Regulation Online. Security Journal 22, 170–171


  • April 2019-September 2020, Internal QR Funding Grant

Primary Investigator

‘To Build A Better Beer: An examination of the reciprocal relationship between production and consumption in the northern England craft beer market.’

York St John University, York, UK

  • January 2007-June 2007

Research Assistant (P.I., Robert D’Ovidio, Ph.D.)

Adult-Child Sex Advocacy Websites as Social Learning Environments: A Content Analysis

Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa. USA



September 2020

Dead Graffiti Writers Never Die, They Just Fade Away: Memorializing and remembering dead graffiti writers.
(Tyson Mitman) Death and Culture Conference, York, UK

February 2020

Graffiti: What does mark-making tell us?. (Dr. Tyson Mitman, Charlie Kendall (York St. John University), Prof. John Schofield, Emma Bryning, Megan Leland (University of York)). YorNight. York, UK.

April 2018

Wicked Style: Graffiti as Cultural History, Identity Construction, and Terroir in Philadelphia (Tyson Mitman) British Sociological Association, Newcastle, UK

September 2017

Kick it Wicked: Graffiti as Cultural History (Tyson Mitman) World Congress of Psychogeography, Huddersfield, UK

April 2015

Producing, Distributing, and Consuming the Craft Beer Movement (Tyson Mitman, Wes Shumar, Nora Madison) Popular Culture Association, New Orleans, Louisiana

April 2014

You Suck Until Further Notice: The Rules and Politics of Graffiti (Tyson Mitman) Popular Culture Association, Chicago, Illinois

April 2014

Mediated Worlds: Navigating the hybrid spaces of craft beer (Tyson Mitman, Wes Shumar, Nora Madison) Theorizing the Web, Brooklyn, New York.

November 2013

Navigating Capitalist Production: The Craft Beer Movement (Tyson Mitman, Wes Shumar, Nora Madison) American Anthropological Association, Chicago, Illinois 

August 2012

The Critical Moral Voice in the Public Sphere (Tyson Mitman, Alexander Nikolaev, Douglas Porpora) International Communication Association, Phoenix, Arizona

April 2012

Terrorism as a Communicative Act (Ashley Farkas, Tyson Mitman, Douglas Porpora) Eastern Communication Association, Boston, Massachusetts

November 2011

The Writing on the Wall: Constructing the “Graffiti Problem” (Tyson Mitman), American Anthropological Association, Montreal, Canada

October 2011

The Writing on the Wall: Constructing the “Graffiti Problem” (Tyson Mitman), Culture of Remix Conference, Lisbon, Portugal

March 2011

The Writing on the Wall: Constructing the “Graffiti Problem” (Tyson Mitman) Paper Presentation, Drexel Research Colloquium Speaker Series, Philadelphia, PA

April 2010

“Look Who’s Talking?: Who Authors Opinion Pieces in Newspapers?” (Alexander Nikolaev, Tyson Mitman, Douglas Porpora.) Paper Presentation, Eastern Communication Association Conference, Baltimore, MD

March 2007

“Deviant Communities Online: An Examination of Adult-Child Sex Advocacy Website” (presented with Tyson Mitman, Robert D’Ovidio, and Wesley Shumar) poster presentation Drexel University Research Day, Philadelphia, PA