Professor of Sociology, University of Essex

Yasemin Soysal is Professor of Sociology, and member of the Center for Migration Studies and the Center for Human Rights, University of Essex. Before taking her post at Essex, she was John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Sociology and Faculty Associate of the Centre for European Studies and the Centre for International Affairs at Harvard University. She has been German Marshall Fund Research Fellow, National Academy of Education Spencer Fellow, National Endowment of Humanities Research Fellow, Jean Monnet Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg Fellow, visiting scholar at Max Planck Institute, Berlin, and visiting professor at Juan March Institute, Madrid, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, New York University, the Graduate School of East Asian Studies at Free University, Berlin, the Willy Brandt Guest Professor at the Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Malmo, the Niklas Luhmann distinguished visiting chair at Bielefeld University, and the distinguished visiting professor at Koc University.

Soysal is past-president of the European Sociology Association, and has served on the editorial boards of Citizenship Studies, Oxford Bibliographies Online, Multicultural Education Review, ASA Rose Book Series, Ethnic and Racial Studies and international advisory board of Ethnicities. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Center for Advanced Study in Social Sciences, Juan March Institute, Madrid, and previously the Georg-Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, Braunschweig.

Since 2000, she has held research grants from the ESRC, Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, the Hong Kong Research Grant Council, and the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

Yasemin Soysal is currently leading two international collaborative projects ( a) Bright Futures: A Comparative Study of Internally and Internationally Mobile Chinese Higher Education Students (funded by the Economic and Social Research Council of the UK, German Science Foundation, and the Chinese National Science Foundation); b) Asian Educational Mobilities: A Comparative Study of International Migration of Japanese and Chinese Higher Education Students (funded by the Economic and Social Research Council of the UK and the German Science Foundation; ORA scheme). In addition, she is conducting research on the internationalization of higher education utilizing web-based data-mining techniques (funded by British Academy/Leverhulme small research grant).


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    Professor of Sociology, University of Essex