Professor Tariq Modood

Professor Tariq Modood

Professor Tariq Modood
Professor of Sociology, Politics and Public Policy

1.08, 3 Priory Road,
3 Priory Road, Bristol,
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Telephone Number (0117) 331 0850

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

I am the founding Director of the University Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship. I have held over 40 grants and consultancies (UK, European and US), have over 30 (co-)authored and (co-)edited books and reports and over 150 articles or chapters in political philosophy, sociology and public policy.

I am the co-founding editor of the international journal, Ethnicities. My recent publications include Multicultural Politics: Racism, Ethnicity and Muslims in Britain (Edinburgh University Press, 2005), Multiculturalism: A Civic Idea, (Polity, 2007) and Still Not Easy Being British: Struggles for a Multicultural Citizenship (Trentham Books, 2010); and as co-editor, Multiculturalism, Muslims and Citizenship: A European Approach (Routledge, 2006) and Secularism, Religion and Multicultural Citizenship, Cambridge University Press, 2009).

I am strongly committed to public engagement and am a regular contributor to the media and policy debates in Britain, was awarded a MBE for services to social sciences and ethnic relations in 2001 and elected a member of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2004. I served on the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain, the IPPR Commission on National Security and on the National Equality Panel, which reported to the UK Deputy Prime Minister in 2010.

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Over the last 20 years I have worked on: Theory and politics of racism, racial equality, multiculturalism and secularism, with especial reference to British Asian Muslims; ethnic identities, national identities and the 'second generation'; ethnic disadvantage and progress in employment and education; comparisons within and between Western Europe and North America; the politics of being Muslim in the West. The topics I am currently most focused on are the political theory and sociology of multiculturalism and secularism.

I was the Bristol Director of the Leverhulme Programme on Migration and Citizenship, with UCL, which consisted of 8 projects running between 2003-09. With Anna Triandafyllidou I also led EMILIE: A European Approach to Multicultural Citizenship (with 8 EU partners), an EU 6th Framework project (2006-09) and we have now followed this up with a 15 countries project, Accept Pluralism: Tolerance, Pluralism and Social Cohesion (2010-2013). I am also working on a project with Dr Therese O’Toole, Muslim Participation in Contemporary Governance, funded by the AHRC (2010-13). During 2010-11 I have a Fellowship from the AHRC to work on a book on Secularism and the Accommodation of Muslims in Western Europe.

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Postgraduate: The Theory and Politics of Multiculturalism

Key publications

  1. Modood, T 2007, ‘Multiculturalism: A Civic Idea’. Polity Press
  2. Triandafyllidou, A, Modood, T & Meer, A 2012, ‘European Multiculturalisms: Cultural, Religious and Ethnic Challenges’. Edinburgh University Press
  3. Modood, T 2012, ‘Is There a Crisis of Secularism in Western Europe?’. Sociology of Religion, vol 73., pp. 1-20
  4. Levey, G & Modood, T 2009, ‘Secularism, Religion and Multicultural Citizenship’. Cambridge University Press

Latest publications

  1. Jones, SH, O'Toole, T, DeHanas, DN, Modood, T & Meer, N 2014, ‘Muslim women’s experiences of involvement in UK governance’. Public Spirit
  2. Uberoi, V & Modood, T 2013, ‘Inclusive Britishness: A Multiculturalist Advance’. Political Studies, vol 61., pp. 23-41
  3. Jones, SH, O'Toole, T, DeHanas, DN, Modood, T & Meer, N 2013, ‘A ‘system of self-appointed leaders’?’. Public Spirit
  4. O'Toole, T, Jones, SH, DeHanas, DN & Modood, T 2013, ‘Prevent after TERFOR: why local context still matters’. Public Spirit
  5. Meer, N, O'Toole, T, Jones, SH, DeHanas, DN & Modood, T 2013, ‘Rolling on or rolling backwards?’. Public Spirit
  6. DeHanas, DN, O'Toole, T, Meer, N, Modood, T & Jones, SH 2013, ‘A place for Muslims in a ‘Christian country’?’. Public Spirit

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