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John Solomos

Professor of Sociology

E0.09 Social Sciences

J dot Solomos at warwick dot ac dot uk
Twitter: @BaggieJohn
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(PDF Document)John Solomos CV November 2016


I was appointed to the University of Warwick as Professor of Sociology in April 2013. I served as Head of Department from then until March 2018.

I was a student at Kennington Secondary Modern in South London. I studied at the University of Sussex for both my undergraduate and doctoral research.

I began my academic career at the Universities of Aston and Warwick as a Research Associate at the ESRC Centre of Research in Ethnic Relations from 1980 to 1987. I was appointed to a Lectureship in Politics and Sociology at Birkbeck College in 1987. In 1994 I moved to the University of Southampton as Professor of Sociology and Social Policy. I then moved to the London South Bank University as Professor of Sociology in 1998. From 2001 to 2013 I was Professor of Sociology at City University London. I have acted as Head of Department at Birkbeck, Southampton, City University London and the University of Warwick.

Professional Roles

During my career I have served in a number of professional roles. I am currently the Chair of the Heads and Professors of Sociology, and I serve on the British Sociological Association's Advisory Forum. I have previously served on the Social Policy Panel of the 2001 RAE and the Sociology Sub-Panel of the 2014 REF. I have also served on the ESRC Strategic Research Board. Outside of the UK I have acted as a specialist advisor for the Academy of Finland and the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research. I have served on the advisory boards of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford and the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) at the University of Manchester.

Teaching and Course Development

I have played an active role in teaching and course development throughout my career. My teaching has been focused on the sociology of race and ethnicity, race and politics, social movements, human rights, and social and political theory. I enjoy teaching at all levels of undergraduate programmes and have a wide range of experience in developing and teaching on MA programmes. I have been able to advise a number of other universities about course development and acted as an external examiner for undergraduate programmes, MA programmes and PhD theses.

Research Interests

My main areas of scholarship and research lie in the areas of the sociology of race and ethnicity, the study of racism and anti-racism, processes of racialisation, political mobilisation and race, multiculturalism and comparative race and ethnic relations.

I have attracted research funding from the ESRC, Leverhulme Trust, Nuffield Foundation and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Trust.

More details about my research can be found in my CV and in my Research page.

Research Students and Postdocs

I enjoy working with research students working in my areas of research and scholarly interest as well as in broader areas of sociology. I have a wide range of experience in supervising students working on topics outside of my own specific interests. If you are interested in working on your PhD with me I would be pleased to discuss this with you.

If you would like to work with me in a postdoc position you are also welcome to get in touch and discuss your ideas. More information about postdoc opportunities are available on the Department of Sociology web pages.

Recent Invited Lectures and Plenaries

'Conceptualising 21st Century Racisms' University of Portsmouth, 8 January 2016

'Race, Racism and Social Research: Between Social Science and Policy' Plenary Session at Conference on Evolving Understandings of Racism and Resistance: Local and Global Conceptions, University of East London, 1 May 2015


Recent Books

Race, Multiculture and Social Policy (co-author with Alice Bloch and Sarah Neal) Palgrave Macmillan 2013

Transnational Families: Ethnicities, Identities and Social Capital (co-author with Harry Goulbourne, Tracey Reynolds, and Elisabetta Zontini) Routledge 2010

Recent Edited Books

Muslims, Migration and Citizenship: Processes of Inclusion and Exclusion (co-editor with Martin Bulmer) Routledge 2016

Cities, Diversity and Ethnicity: Politics, Governance and Participation (co-editor with Martin Bulmer) Routledge 2015

Multiculturalism, Social Cohesion and Immigration: Changing Conceptions in the UK (co-editor with Martin Bulmer) Routledge 2015

Race, Migration and Identity: Shifting Boundaries in the U.S.A. (co-editor with Martin Bulmer) Routledge 2015

Theories of Race and Ethnicity: Contemporary Debates and Perspectives (co-editor with Karim Murji) Cambridge University Press 2015

Recent Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

'Are International Human Rights Really Promoting Rights? Irregular Migrants' Access to Healthcare in France and the UK' (with Milena Chimienti) Journal of Human Rights 15, 2, 2016: 208-228

Recent Review Articles and Commentaries in Peer Reviewed Journals

'Rejoinder: Race Scholarship and the Future' (with Karim Murji) Ethnic and Racial Studies 39, 3, 2016: 405-13

'Race, Post-Genomic Science and Good Intentions: From Racial Science to Anti-Racism?' British Journal of Sociology 61, 1, 2015: 76-82

'Stuart Hall: Articulations of Race, Class and Identity' Ethnic and Racial Studies 37, 10, 2015: 1667-1675

'Rethinking the Empire Strikes Back: A Response' Ethnic and Racial Studies 37, 10, 2014: 1830-1837

Recent Book Chapters

'Race, Racism and Class: Evolving Paradigms and Perpectives' in M. Martiniello and J. Rath (eds) An Introduction to Immigrant Incorporation Studies Amsterdam University Press 2014

'Sociology of Race and Ethnicity: Trends, Debates and Research Agendas' in J. Holmwood and J.Scott (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Sociology in Britain Palgrave Macmillan 2014

Journals Edited

I have acted as Associate Editor and latterly Joint Editor of the international journal Ethnic and Racial Studies since 1995, alongside Martin Bulmer. It is the leading international scholarly journal in the field of race and ethnicity and is published fifteen times a year by Routledge.

Book Series Edited

I am co-editor of a book series on Ethnic and Racial Studies with Martin Bulmer for Routledge.

I am also co-editing a book series on Racism, Resistance and Social Change with Satnam Virdee and Aaron Winter for Manchester University Press.