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John Solomos

Professor of Sociology

E0.09 Social Sciences

J dot Solomos at warwick dot ac dot uk
Twitter: @BaggieJohn
 Office Tel: +44(0)24 7615 1704
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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.

Professional Recognition

2018: British Sociological Association, Distinguished Service Award

2007: Award from the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation in Honour of Work on Programme of Research Cooperation with Distinguished Overseas Scientists

2003: Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

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 Economic and Social Research Council, Leverhulme Trust, Nuffield Foundation and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Trust.

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.

Invited Lectures and Plenaries


‘Race, Racism and Social Policy’ Plenary Session at Social Policy Association Annual Conference, University of Durham, 8-10 July


‘Racism and Migration: Linkages, Absences and Evolving Research Agendas’ Workshop on Sociology of Migration: Past, Present and Future, HETS-HESSO Geneva, 6-7 December

‘Race, Nation, Class: Reception, Impact and Influence’ Conference on 30 Years of ‘Race, Nation, Class’: Ambiguous Power Relations, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 15-17 March



Race, Ethnicity and Social Theory Routledge (Forthcoming)

Race and Racism in Britain 4th Edition Palgrave Macmillan (Forthcoming)

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

Edited Books

Routledge International Handbook of Contemporary Racisms Routledge 2020

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles


‘After Michael Banton: Some Reflections on his Contribution to the Study of Race’ Patterns of Prejudice 53, 4: 321-336

‘ “Strangers in Their Own Land”: Powellism’s Policy Impact’ Patterns of Prejudice 53, 2: 200-209


‘Introduction: Why Do We Still Talk About Race Today?’ (with Martin Bulmer) Ethnic and Racial Studies 41, 6: 997-1013

'Introduction: Migration and Race in Europe’ (with Martin Bulmer) Ethnic and Racial Studies 41, 5: 779-784

Book Chapters


‘Race’ in G Payne and E Harrison (eds) Social Divisions: Inequality and Diversity in Britain Fourth Edition, Policy Press, pp.

‘The Transnational Mobilization of ‘Irregular Migrants’ (with Milena Chimienti) in S Spencer and A Triandafyllidou (eds) Migrants with Irregular Status in Europe: Evolving Conceptual and Policy Challenges IMISCOE, pp.

‘Race and the Age of Super-Diversity’ in C Inglis, B Kadria, W Li (eds) The Sage Handbook of International Migration Sage, pp. 538-551


‘John Rex’ in G Ritzer and C Rojek (eds) The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 1-3


‘Introduction: Why Do We Still Talk About Race Today?’ (with Martin Bulmer) in M Bulmer and J Solomos (eds) Why Do We Still Talk About Race? The Future of Ethnic and Racial Studies (co-editor with Martin Bulmer) Routledge, pp. 1-17

‘Introduction: Migration and Race in Europe’ in M Bulmer and J Solomos (eds) Migration and Race in Europe Routledge, pp. 1-6

'Racialised Inequalities and Social Policy: Policy Frames and Social Justice' in G Craig (ed.) Handbook on Global Social Justice Edward Elgar, pp. 173-186

'Reflections on Classic Papers in Ethnic and Racial Studies' (with Martin Bulmer) in M Bulmer and J Solomos (eds) Celebrating 40 Years of Ethnic and Racial Studies: Classic Papers in Context Routledge, pp. 1-8

‘Vagaries of Reception, Impact and Influence: Race, Nation Class in the United Kingdom’ in Manuela Bojadzijev and Katrin Klingan (eds) Balibar | Wallersteins’s Race, Nation, Class: Rereading a Dialogue for Our Times Berlin: Argument Verlag/Haus der Kulturen der Welt, pp. 199-209

Journals Edited

I am Joint Editor of the international journal Ethnic and Racial Studies. I have worked alongside Martin Bulmer in this role since 1995. It is the leading international scholarly journal in the field of race and ethnicity and is published sixteen times a year by Routledge.

Book Series Edited

I am the General Editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Race and Racism; it is composed of 19 online volumes and is currently being developed for publication in 2021.

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.