Thursday, 10 September 2015

Meet the New Lecturer in the Department of Sociology

The Sociology department is welcoming a new member of staff this September in the form of Katy Sian. She has been appointed Lecturer in Sociology. 

Having completed her PhD back in 2009 at the University of Leeds she went on from 2010-2012 to work on the TOLERACE project (FP7) as a post-doctoral researcher. This post-doctoral research was based in the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies (CERS) University of Leeds exploring the semantics of tolerance and anti-racism across Europe. Katy then moved to the University of Manchester in 2012 where she held a lecturing position in Sociology before taking up a Hallsworth Research Fellowship in 2013, exploring Sikh and Muslim conflict in the global Sikh diaspora. She has also have held visiting research posts at the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) and the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society (CSRS) at the University of Victoria, Canada.

The main thrust of Katy's scholarship is focused on critical race theory and the performance of post-colonial subjectivity among ethnically marked communities stranded in metropolitan archipelagos. Specifically she takse a key interest in: postcolonial studies; critical race studies; inter-ethnic relations; critical Sikh studies; crime and racialization; Islamophobia and the war on terror; religion and identity; migration and diaspora. Her research has aroused interest beyond the academic world and she has made several appearances in the media to discuss questions arising from herresearch. Katy is active in the community around anti-racism issues and her work continues to involve her within conversations across interfaith organizations. 

Katy is an active member of the twitter community and co-founded The Culture Craft blog connected to the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies at the University of Leeds which acts as a platform to offer a series of interventions to disrupt the dominant ways of thinking about issues such as politics, culture and racism, see:

On top of all these achievements Katy is also the author of two books and co-author of another, 

  • Conversations in Postcolonial Thought (2014) New York: Palgrave; 
  • Unsettling Sikh and Muslim Conflict: Mistaken Identities, Forced Conversions, and Postcolonial Formations (2013) Lanham: Lexington Books; 
  • Racism, Governance, and Public Policy: Beyond Human Rights (2013) London: Routledge


  1. Looking forward to that in future.

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