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Nisha Kapoor

Email: Nisha dot Kapoor at warwick dot ac dot uk


Nisha Kapoor joined Warwick in December 2018 as Assistant Professor in Sociology having previously worked in the Sociology Department at the University of York. Prior to that she held appointments at Duke University, US where she was 2012-13 Samuel DuBois Cook Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences (REGSS) and at Manchester Metropolitan University. She completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Manchester, UK in 2010.

Her research interests are broadly concerned with racism and the security state covering topics relating to immigration, citizenship, criminalization, Islamophobia, segregation and authoritarianism. Theoretically, she draws on critical race, postcolonial, political and cultural theory to assist in the undertaking of this work.

Her most recent research, some of which is published in her book Deport Deprive Extradite. 21st Century State Extremism (Verso, 2018), comes out of an ESRC Future Research Leaders Award (2015-2018). The three-year project examined race, citizenship and the state in the context of the War on Terror. Documenting stories and cases of individuals subject to extradition, citizenship deprivation and passport removals, incarceration and deportation, the research asks what such techniques and technologies illuminate about the broader features and operations of the security state. The project uses a range of methods (interviews, documentary and media analysis, quantitative analysis of data obtained via FOI requests) analysing legal judgments, policy documents and statistical data to explore the intensification of securitization and its authoritarian dimensions. She is currently developing this work, to explore further the gender-raced dimensions of islamophobia and its function for securitization.



Kapoor, N. (2018) Deport Deprive Extradite. 21st State Extremism, London: Verso. Reviews here.
Kapoor, N., Kalra, V. S., and Rhodes, J. (eds.) (2013/19 in paperback) The State of Race, Palgrave.

Journal Articles

Kapoor, N. & Narkowicz, K. (2019) ‘Characterising Citizenship: Race, Criminalisation and the Extension of Internal Borders’, Sociology.
Kapoor, N. & Narkowicz, K. (2017) ‘'Unmaking Citizens: Passport Removals, Pre-emptive Policing and the Re-Imagining of Colonial Governmentalities’, Ethnic and Racial Studies,
Valluvan, S. & Kapoor, N. (2016) ‘On Theorising Race and Other Things’, Ethnic and Racial Studies Review, 39 (3).
Kapoor, N. (2016) ‘Implementing Internationalisation in Higher Education’, York Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Journal, 1, 89-103.
Kapoor, N. (2015) ‘Removing the Right to have Rights’, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 15(1).
Kapoor, N. (2013) ‘Re-thinking Empirical Approaches to Racial Segregation’, Sociological Review, 61(3), 440-59.
Kapoor, N. (2013) ‘On the North West Ten: Postcoloniality, the British Racial State and the War on Terror’, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 20(1), 61-76.
Valluvan, S., Kapoor N. & Kalra, V.S. (2013) ‘Crisis of Explanation: Narrating the 2011 Manchester riots’, Journal of Cultural Research, 17(2), 164-82.
Kapoor, N. (2011/13) ‘The Advancement of Racial Neoliberalism in Britain’ Ethnic and Racial Studies, 36(6), 1028-46.
Kalra, V.S., & Kapoor, N. (2009) ‘Interrogating Segregation, Integration and the Community Cohesion Agenda’ Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 35(9), 1397-1415.

Book Chapters

Kapoor, N. (in progress for 2019) ‘Race and Gender’ in D. Richardson and V. Robinson (eds.) Introducing Gender and Women’s Studies: 5th edition, Palgrave.
Kapoor, N. (2017) ‘The Tale of the Two Disappeared: Racism, Resistance and Fighting for the Right to Life’ in D. Naik and T. Oldfield (eds.) Critical Cities, vol.5.
Kapoor, N. (2013) ‘Extraordinary Extradition: Racial (In)justice in Britain’, in Kapoor, N., Kalra, V., and Rhodes, J. (eds.) The State of Race, Palgrave.
Kapoor, N. & Kalra, V.S. (2013) ‘Introduction: The State of Race’ in Kapoor, N., Kalra, V., and Rhodes, J. (eds.) The State of Race, Palgrave.
Kapoor, N. (2013) ‘Afterword: Racial Futures’ in Kapoor, N., Kalra, V., and Rhodes, J. (eds.) The State of Race, Palgrave.


The Eyes of Aaliyah (2017) [Film]. Directed by Ken Fero, Produced by Nisha Kapoor. London: Migrant Media Production.
Aaden & the Spiders (2017) [Film]. Directed by Ken Fero, Produced by Nisha Kapoor. London: Migrant Media Production.

Policy Reports / Contributions / Public Engagement

Deport Deprive Extradite website –; Twitter handles - @deportdeprive, @nishakapoor07
Kapoor, N. (2018) ‘On Windrush, Citizenship and its Others’, Verso Blog, 1 May 2018.
Kapoor, N. (2018) ‘When They Take Babies from Mothers and Mothers from Babies’, Verso Blog, 7 March 2018
Kapoor, N. & Narkowicz, K. (2017) ‘The Character of Citizenship: Denying the Rights of Asylum Seekers and Criminalising Dissent’, Open Democracy, 20 May 2017.
Kapoor, N. (2015) ‘Deport, Deprive, Extradite: On the Removal of Rights in Terrorising Times’ Discover Society, 22, 1 July 2015
Kapoor, N. (2013) ‘Along the Fault Lines of ‘British Justice for British Citizens’: Locating the non/British Muslim’ in Alexander, C., Redclift, V. and Hussian, A. (eds) The New Muslims, London: Runnymede Trust.
Finney, N, Kapoor, N, Marshall, A, Sabater, A and L. Simpson (2008) Ethnic Inequalities in the UK, A report for the Runnymede Trust, London: Runnymede.

Book Reviews

Kapoor, N. (2015) Review of W. D. Hund and A. Lentin (2014) Racism and Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies
Kapoor, N. (2014) Review of A. Kundnani (2014) The Muslims are Coming, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 37(10), 1957-59.
Kapoor, N (2009) Review of J Herbert (2008) Negotiating Boundaries in the City, Oral History, 37 (Spring), 112-113.