Before joining Huddersfield University in 1992, Professor Bryson lectured and researched in Political Theory and Political Sociology at City of London Polytechnic, Manchester Polytechnic, Manchester University, Liverpool University, Bradford University and the Open University. She was appointed Professor of Politics in 2002 in recognition of her record of research excellence. She was the founder of the Centre for Democracy and Governance in 2006 and Director until August 2008. Appointed Emerita Professor on her retirement in 2010, she remains an active researcher, with ongoing links to the University.
Professor Bryson has published extensively on feminist theory and politics. Her publications include 4 single-authored books: Feminist Political Theory, (1992, 2003, 2016); Feminist Debates: Issues of Theory and Political Practice (1999); Gender and the Politics of Time (2007) and The Futures of Feminism (2021).Her work has been translated into Japanese, Greek, Russian and Arabic. From 2007-10 she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Gender Excellence at the University of Orebro, Sweden.