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Nasar Meer

Nasar Meer
Professor Nasar Meer FAcSS; RSE-YAS
Professor of Race, Identity and Citizenship; Royal Society of Edinburgh Personal Research Fellow (2014-2019)
22a Buccleuch Place Edinburgh UK

I work across a number of related topics that might be summed up as ways of approaching unity and diversity. 

The first is the study of citizenship and how collective membership is conceived and operationalised, as well as a theory of action that explains self definition and political participation against this. 

Secondly, I work on the topic of race as both a category of social theory and public policy, the former as a means of understanding modernity and difference, and the latter in terms of race quality and public policy.

Thirdly I've long been engaged in a reading of the African-American scholar W. E. B. Du Bois, and the relationship between his concept of 'double consciousness' and ideas of recognition and misrecognition.

Fourthly, I study the sociology and politics of antisemitism and Islamophobia, including their relationship(s) to each other and other forms of racialization.

Finally, I'm interested in the development of what I call 'Muslim consciousness' and how this features in debates about globalisation, the public sphere and secularism.

Please see for a full list of research projects, publications to download and digital public lectures.

Topics interested in supervising

I would be happy to supervise students working on theoretical, empirical or public policy approaches to the study of Race and Ethnicity; Citizenship, Multiculturalism and Interculturalism; Identity; Religion and Society, Muslim Identities, Media and Public Discourse, and Education, amongst others.

If you are interested in being supervised by Nasar Meer, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Sociology; MSc (R) Sociology