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Lecturer in Sociology, University of Birmingham

Prior to joining the Department of Sociology at the University of Birmingham in 2002, Gëzim lectured at the University of Huddersfield, Sheffield Hallam University, Westhill College of Higher Education and Newman University College. Gëzim joined the Department of Political Science and International Studies in August 2010, and the Department of Social Policy in September 2016.

Gëzim specialises in the sociology of success, religion, race, ethnicity, film, media and authorship. His works include "Vouchers: A Tragedy" (2001), "Foreigner Complex: Essays and Fiction about Egypt" (2002), "Mother Teresa: Saint and Celebrity?" (2007), "If Only the Dead Could Listen" (2008) and "Encounters with Civilizations: From Alexander the Great to Mother Teresa" (2011). Gëzim is currently developing the idea of 'fame capital' as a variable in an intranational and international context, and exploring the significance of Mother Teresa's 'dark night of the soul' in a post-modernist context.

Gëzim is Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Research in Arts and Social Sciences, University of Birmingham, since 2000, and Member of Max Weber Study Group of the British Sociological Association.

Gëzim has presented papers at prestigious national and international conferences and has delivered keynote addresses, lectures and talks at several universities in the United Kingdom and overseas: the USA, Canada, Australia, Russia, China, India, South Africa, Germany, Italy, Finland, Macedonia, Kosova and Albania.

Gëzim has written over 60 features and op-eds on British, Egyptian, Middle Eastern, Balkan and Indian politics, culture and identity for international newspapers and magazines including "The Guardian", "The Independent" (London), "The Hindustan Times" (New Delhi) "The Middle East Times" (Cairo), and "Hürriyet Daily News" (Istanbul).

He is regularly interviewed by local, national and international media for his expertise.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Sociology, University of Birmingham