Born 1971 in Brighton. He grew up in North London before studying for a BA in Sociology and an MA in Social and Political Thought at the University of Warwick (1990-95). He returned to London to study for a PhD on Max Weber and Postmodern Theory, which he completed in 1999.
Gane lectured part-time at London Guildhall University, City University, Pepperdine University, and Goldsmiths College before joining the Department of Sociology at the University of York in 2002.
He is a board member of Theory, Culture and Society, and edited the Theory, Culture and Society Annual Review from 2006 to 2009.