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Professor of Politics, University of Leicester

Lauren M. McLaren joined the University of Leicester in the Autumn of 2018 as Professor of Politics. Prior to this, she has taught at the Universities of Glasgow, Nottingham and Oxford, as well as Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey) and American University (Washington, DC). Her current research focuses on public attitudes to immigration in European democracies, including the UK. She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as three books examining opposition to immigration in Europe and the UK, and the relationship between increasing public concern about immigration and distrust in politics; Euroscepticism; and democracy in Southern Europe, with a particular focus on comparing Turkey with Southern Europe.


  • –present
    Professor of Politics, University of Leicester


  • 1996 
    University of Houston, PhD