I have held various academic positions, from Research Assistant in 1995, through to Reader in Sociology and founding Director of the University of Birmingham Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Culture until June 2009, and as Professor of Sociology at Fatih University in Istanbul until 2016.

I have also held several visiting fellowships and visiting professorships, including at New York University, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Leiden University and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.

For more information on lectures and talks delivered since 2015, visit the presentations page.

Below is a full list my academic and professional positions.


Current Positions

Visiting Senior Fellow, Department of Government, London School of Economics, 2017-present.


Past Positions

Senior Research Fellow, Royal United Services Institute, London, 2016-2017.

Professor (2012-2016) of Sociology (Associate Professor, 2010-2012), Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2010-2016.

Remarque Visiting Fellow, New York University, USA, 2015-2016.

Visiting Professor, Leiden Institute for Religious Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands, 2013.

Visiting Professor, Graduate School of the State Islamic University in Jakarta, Indonesia, 2012.

Iqbal Fellow, Iqbal International Institute for Research and Dialogue, International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan, 2012.

Schonbrunn Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, 2012.

Honorary University Fellow, Exeter University Centre for Ethno-Political Studies, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, UK, 2009-2011.

Fellow, Birmingham University Centre for Studies in Security and Democracy, UK, 2007-2009.

Visiting Fellow, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, UK, 2007-2008.

Lecturer (2003-2005), Senior Lecturer (2005-2006) and Reader (2006-2009) in Sociology and Director of Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Culture, Birmingham University, UK, 2003-2009.

Senior Research Officer, Lord Chancellor’s Department Research Unit (now Ministry of Justice), 2002-2003.

Senior Research Officer, Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate, 2000-2002.

Director, Race Equality West Midlands, 1999-2000.

Associate Fellow, Warwick University Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations, UK, 1999-2001.

Research Fellow, Birmingham City University Business School, UK, 1997-1999.

Research Assistant, Warwick University Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations, UK, 1995-1997.