Leah Bassel
Leah Bassel is a Lecturer in Sociology at City University London. Her work, which focuses on the political sociology of gender, migration and citizenship, has been published in journals including Ethnicities, Government and Opposition, French Politics and her monograph The Politics of Women’s Integration: Voices from the Margins is forthcoming with Routledge.  She is an Assistant Editor of Citizenship Studies.  Leah previously held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and with the Group for the Study of Ethnicity, Racism, Migration and Exclusion at the Institute of Sociology, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. She completed her DPhil at the University of Oxford where she was a Commonwealth Scholar. She also holds a B.A. and M.A. from McGill University, Canada, in Political Science. Outside of academia, her work was cited in the 2010 UNDP Human Development Report and she was previously an emergency outreach worker in Paris where she provided humanitarian assistance to asylum seekers, and initiated and organized a circus camp project for refugee youth that since became an annual event.

Erik Bleich
Erik Bleich is Associate Professor of Political Science at Middlebury College in Vermont.  His research on race and ethnicity in European politics has been published in journals such as Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Theory and Society, and World Politics.  He is the author of Race Politics in Britain and France: Ideas and Policymaking since the 1960s (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and the editor of Muslims and the State in the Post-9/11 West (Routledge, 2010).  His book The Freedom to Be Racist? How the United States and Europe Struggle to Preserve Freedom and Combat Racism will be published in summer 2011 by Oxford University Press.

Jan Willem Duyvendak
Jan Willem Duyvendak is full professor in Sociology at the University of Amsterdam since 2003, after he had been director of the Verwey-Jonker Institute for social research (1999-2003) and Professor of Community Development at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. His main fields of research currently are disadvantaged neighborhoods in large cities, community development, multiculturalism, social movements, urban renewal, and “feeling at home”. Some of his publications include Policy, People, and the New Professional. De-professionalisation and Re-professionalisation in Care and Welfare (2006, co-edited) and “Citizen Participation in a Mediated Age: Neighbourhood Governance in the Netherlands” (2008) in International Journal for Urban and Regional Research and “Civilizing the city: populism and revanchist urbanism in Rotterdam” (2008) in Urban Studies (both with J. Uitermark). Moreover, his latest book The Politics of Home. Nostalgia and Belonging in Western Europe and the United States (Palgrave) will be published this year.

Thomas Faist
Thomas Faist teaches Transnational, Development and Migration Studies at the Department of Sociology, Bielefeld University (http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/tdrc/ag_comcadl). From 2000-2004 he built and directed International Studies in Political Management at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen. His research interests concern international migration, immigrant integration, citizenship, development studies and social policy. Thomas Faist served as a deputy editor of the journal The Sociological Quarterly (2004-08) and is currently on the editorial board of Ethnic and Racial Studies, Migration Letters, and South Asian Diaspora. Recently, Thomas Faist co-authored with Peter Kivisto Beyond a Border: The Causes and Consequences of Contemporary Immigration (SAGE/Pine Forge Press 2010). He also co-edited Migration, Development and Transnationalization: A Critical Stance with Nina Glick Schiller (Berghahn 2010) and Diaspora and Transnationalism: Concepts, Theories and Methods with Rainer Bauböck (Amsterdam University Press 2010). His research efforts now focus on “The Transnational Social Question: Social Rights and Citizenship in a Global Context” (International Sociology, 2009). Towards this end he is currently developing a longitudinal (panel) study in the German-Turkish context which focuses on (im)mobility and social inequalities.

Eléonore Lépinard

Willem Maas
Willem Maas (PhD Yale) is Jean Monnet Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science and Public & International Affairs at Glendon College, York University, with joint appointment in York’s graduate programs in Political Science and Social & Political Thought. He is the author of Creating European Citizens (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007) which suggests that European integration has always been about much more than economics, that free movement of persons is central to integration, and that the political project of transcending borders and building a supranational community of people has implications for the global rise of rights. Other research on citizenship, migration, and related questions has been published in Citizenship Studies, the Columbia Journal of European Law, the Journal of Common Market Studies, and many edited volumes. Maas is currently in the Netherlands researching the comparative politics of citizenship and nationality.

Lars Nickolson
Lars Nickolson is policy advisor at FORUM, Dutch Institute for Multicultural Affairs. FORUM gathers knowledge on the wide field of integration, disseminates it and applies it to practical methods and products. Lars is project leader of FORUM’s Expertise Centre Religion and Society, which provides support and advice about religion related issues at various levels of governance. He is also leading projects on the topics of the democratic rule of law and transnational religious movements. He obtained a master in philosophy at the University of Groningen, and works as a research assistant on various projects focused on citizenship, constructions of national belonging, and the framing of immigrant integration in public and parliamentary debates.  He wrote a book about the laws and debates with regards to religion in the public domain in the Netherlands, titled Met recht geloven. Religie en maatschappij in wet en debat.

Oliver Schmidtke
Oliver Schmidtke is an Associate Professor and a European Studies Scholar at the University of Victoria where he also holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European History and Politics. He received his PhD from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, worked at the Humboldt University in Berlin in the late 1990s and spent a year as a research fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University before coming to UVic in 1999. Additional fellowships include a stay at the EUI as a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow in 2007 and currently as a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Hamburg.

His research interests are in the fields of citizenship, the political sociology of immigration and ethnic conflict, the role of identities and the transformation of the nation-state. Since 2006 he has been involved in two collaborative international research projects focusing on different aspects of immigration and integration in Canadian and European societies. One focuses on the labour market integration of highly skilled immigrants. The other project looks at the accommodation of cultural diversity in the health care sector and patterns of political advocacy of migrant organizations. His most recent book publications are: Of States, Rights, and Social Closure: Governing Migration and Citizenship (edited with S. Ozcurumez), Palgrave, 2008; Giving New Subjects a Voice (co-authors: C. Falge and C. , Ruzza, forthcoming 2011) and Cultural Capital in Migration. The Labour Market Integration of Highly Skilled Migrants (co-authors: A. Nohl, K. Schittenhelm, A. Weiss; forthcoming, 2011)

P.W.A. (Peter) Scholten
Peter Scholten is senior-lecturer in public policy & politics at Erasmus University Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. His research, publications and teaching focus on issues of governance in multicultural societies. He is currently doing projects on

  • ‘Beyond National Models of Integration? Agenda Dynamics and the Multi-Level Governance of Immigrant Integration’ (VENI-scholarship from the Dutch Science Foundation).
  • ‘Science-society dialogues on migration and integration in Europe’ (coordinator of international project funded by the VolkswagenStiftung; also, editor of IMISCOE book project and coordinator of IMISCOE research cluster’)
  • ‘The Local Politics of Attention: local policy agendas in a comparative and historical perspective’ (coordinator, project for the NWO research program on Contested Democracy)
  • ‘Promoting sustainable policies for integration’ (coordinator, project funded by the European Commission Fund for the Integration of TCN’s
  • ‘Attitudes to Migrants, Communication and Local Leadership’ (senior researcher in project funded by the European Commission Fund for the Integration of TCN’s)

Peter’s new book, ‘Framing Immigrant Integration: Dutch research-policy dialogues in comparative perspective’, is to be published with Amsterdam University Press in April 2011. In addition, he published in various international journals. Peter teaches courses in the Masters Public Policy &  Politics, International Management and Public Policy, and the bachelor program Public Administration.  Also, he is academic director of the postgraduate program on ‘Social Research and Social Policies’ and coordinator of the minor program: ‘Diversity: Policy and Management in the Multicultural Society’. Peter is member of the editorial board of the Dutch journal on migration studies (‘Migrantenstudies’) and member of the board of the Dutch Centre for History of Migrants (CGM). Finally, Peter has joined various international research networks, including IMISCOE, CES-IRG, IGS, NIG and fellow of the Montesquieu Institute. For more information: see http://www.peterscholten.eu

Sara Silvestri
Sara Silvestri (M.Phil., Ph.D., Cantab) is an interdisciplinary social scientist interested in the role of faith in society and its implications for the governance of an increasingly diverse Europe. She is Senior Lecturer in Religion and International Politics at City University London and Head of the Global Justice programme at the Von Huegel Institute, Cambridge University. Her publications and research projects concern Muslim political mobilisation & institutions, Islamism, religion and public policy, immigration, and counter-terrorism. Her book “Europe’s Muslim women: Beyond the burqa controversy” is forthcoming with Hurst publishers. Her collaborative project “Suspect Communities” is a historical comparison of the impact of counter-terrorism on Irish and Muslim minorities in Britain. Sara has also been a visiting lecturer with the Cambridge Muslim College and has directed the Islam in Europe programme at the European Policy Centre in Brussels. She currently serves in the experts group of the UN Alliance of Civilizations and in the advisory council of the EuroMediterranean Foundation for cultural dialogue based in Alexandria, Egypt.

Maarten Peter Vink
Maarten Vink is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, Maastricht University, the Netherlands. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Leiden University (2003) and was previously a Jean Monnet Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute in Florence, Italy (2003-2004) and FCT Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal (2007-2010). Vink teaches in the Maastricht European Studies programs and is Programme Director of the Part-time PhD Programme in European Studies at Campus Brussels of Maastricht University. He is part of the managing consortium of the European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship and managing editor of the COMPASSS Working Paper series on systematic comparative methods.

Vink edited a special issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies on “Migration and Citizenship Attribution: Politics and Policies in Western Europe” (2010) and co-edited Europeanization: New Research Agendas (Palgrave Macmillan 2007). He is also author of Limits of European Citizenship (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and published in journals such as Acta Politica, Citizenship Studies, European Integration Online Papers, European Political Science, Field Methods, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of Refugee Studies, Political Studies Review, and West European Politics.

Gökce Yurdakul
Gökçe Yurdakul (PhD, University of Toronto, Department of Sociology) is Georg Simmel Professor of Diversity and Social Conflict at the Humboldt University, Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences. She has published books and articles on immigrant integration, citizenship, Islam in Europe and issues of Muslim women in Western Europe and North America. She has written articles for scholarly journals, such as Annual Review of Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and German Politics and Society. She is working on a book on national narratives and headscarf debates under contract with Stanford University Press (with Anna C. Korteweg). Her most recent book is Staatsbürgerschaft, Migration, Minderheiten: Inklusion und Ausgrenzungsstrategien im Vergleich (2010, Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, with Michal Bodemann)