I am a Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR).
I joined SSPSSR in 1995, after completing my PhD at the London School of Economics and my BA at Harvard University. Prior to that, I worked for a few years for a newspaper, and in a women’s homeless shelter in New York City.
My research interests include ethnic identity, ‘race’ and ‘mixed race’, racisms, migration (in its many forms) and immigrant adaptation. Over the years, I have been involved in British, European and North American research networks, including IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion), the American Sociological Association, and the British Sociological Association.
I have just completed a new book, Multiracial Parents: Mixed Race Families, Generational Change, and the Future of Race (NYU Press, 2017), which is out September 2017.
I am on the editorial board of the following refereed journals:
- Ethnic and Racial Studies
- Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
I was the Guest Professor in Memory of Willy Brandt at the Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM), in Malmo, Sweden, in Autumn 2013, where I gave a series of research seminars. In Autumn 2017, I will be a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) at the CUNY Graduate Center, New York.
University of Kent
Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NF
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My research interests include ethnic identity, ‘race’ and ‘mixed race’, racisms, intermarriage, migration (in its many forms) and the sociology of the family. Over the years, I have been involved in British, European and North American research networks, including IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion), the American Sociological Association, and the British Sociological Association.
I have just completed a book called 'Multiracial Parents: Mixed Race Families, Generational Change, and the Future of Race', with New York University Press (September 2017).
- PI for a Leverhulme research grant: 'Multiracial Parents' Classification of their Children'. This project commenced September 2012 and will run until March 2015. Preliminary findings will be presented at the BSA in April 2014 and ISA in Yokohama, July 2014.
- From October 2008 to September 2010, I was one of seven partners in a four-country comparative project (led by Karen Phalet, ERCOMER, Utrecht University) on the NORFACE project “Ethnic identity and religious mobilisation of the European second generation: comparing Muslim youth in multicultural cities”. As the partner for Britain, I carried out the case study of Muslim youth in London. In particular, I studied the aims and organization of ISOCs – Islamic Student Associations in British universities. An article based on this research has been published in the Journal of Youth Studies in 2012.
- Between 2006 and 2008, I completed an ESRC funded project “The ethnic options of ‘mixed race’ people in Britain” (with Peter Aspinall, and Ferhana Hashem, both of CHSS, University of Kent). A key aim of this research was to examine the “ethnic options” of different types of “mixed race” people, such as people with black/white, south Asian/white, Chinese/white, and “minority mix” heritage. This project employed both a survey and a sub-sample for in-depth interviews. Various articles based upon this research have appeared in the journals Critical Social Policy, Social Science Research, Sociological Review, Sociological Perspectives, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Ethnicities and Anthropology Today. A book, Mixed Race Identities, was published in July 2013 (with Peter Aspinall).
- Between September 2006 and March 2008, I completed (with David Parker, University of Nottingham) another ESRC funded project, “British Chinese identities online: inclusion and participation”. This project explored the emergence of British Chinese websites, and the online and offline implications of these sites for the social and political integration and participation of British Chinese people. Various articles were published in Sociological Review, Ethnicities, Cultural Studies, and Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
- I was one of the co-organizers of the ESRC Seminar series: “Thinking about mixedness and mixing: international and interdisciplinary dialogue”, (with Ros Edwards, Suki Ali, and Chamion Caballero). Four seminars were held between December 2008 and March 2010. A co-edited volume, drawing on this series, came out in 2012: International Perspectives on Racial and Ethnic Mixedness and Mixing (Routledge).
On the undergraduate programmes here, I teach a module called ‘Race and Racism’ as well as a module called 'Literature and Society. I also offer an MA module called ‘Race, Difference, and Belonging’. I also contribute lectures on a variety of UG modules.
I welcome independent motivated students. If you have a proposal within my research areas and would like to study at the University of Kent, please email me to discuss further.
Some doctoral students I have supervised:
- Myria Vassiliadou – PhD (1st supervisor) ‘A struggle for independence: attitudes and practices of the women of Cyprus’,
- Wilasinee Phiphitkul – PhD (1st supervisor) ‘The politics of representations: Thai migrant women’s negotiation of identity’
- Yumiko Nishimuta – PhD (1st supervisor) ‘Coping with racism: Japanese students’ experiences of racist encounters in Britain’
- Mitsu Horii – PhD (1st supervisor) ‘De-professionalisation of Buddhist priests: a sociological study of Nichiren Buddhist priests in contemporary Japan’
- Mai Phan – PhD (1st supervisor) ‘Conflict, learning, and change: dynamics of policymaking in anti-discrimination legislations in Canada and Britain
- Anika Haverig – PhD (1st supervisor) ‘British and German policy responses to Muslims and multiculturalism’
- Trude Sundberg – PhD (second supervisor) ‘A systematic review of attitudes toward welfare in European countries’
- Mengwei Tu – PhD (1st supervisor) ‘One-child middle class Chinese migrants to the UK’
- Derek Anderson – PhD (1st supervisor) ‘Post-2004 Polish migrants and their integration in the UK’
Editorial board membership
- Editorial board member, Ethnic and Racial Studies
- Editorial board member, Ethnicities
- Editorial board member, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
- Editorial board member, Identities
- Editorial board member of IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration, and Social Cohesion, a European Network of Excellence) - 2006 to 2009
- American Sociological Association: Council member, section on Asia and Asian America, 2000-2003
- Runnymede Trust, Academic Advisory Board
- Member of IMISCOE
- Associate of Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths College
- Interviewed on 'Thinking Allowed', BBC Radio 4, July 2015
- Interviewed and cited by The China Daily, February 2012
- Interviewed and cited by The Sunday Times, 2010, on ‘Mixed race families’
- Interviewed by BBC Radio 4, June 11, 2008, ‘Brother mine’, a documentary about siblings from different perspectives
- Cited in Times online (by David Aronovitch) on the ‘mixed race’ project (November 11,2008)
- Interviewed & cited by Hong Kong paper (2007) on British Chinese young people
- Interviewed & cited by Times newspaper (2006) on British Chinese families
- Interviewed by BBC world service on research on ‘mixed race’, aired April, 2005