Prof Claire Alexander - Personal details
After an undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature, I completed my Masters and DPhil at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford. After a 1 year junior research fellowship in Oxford, I was awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship and worked from 1994-1997 in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Open University. From there, I moved to a temporary lectureship at University of Southampton (1997-1999) before moving to London South Bank University (1999-2003). I joined the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics in 2003, becoming Reader in Sociology before moving to the University of Manchester in 2012, as Professor of Sociology.
At Manchester, I am a member of the Critical In/Equalities research cluster, where I continue my work on race, ethnicity, migration and youth. I teach a third year undergraduate option on ‘Creating Multicultural Britain’ and supervise doctoral students working on race, ethnicity, identity and urban life. I am the Director of External Relations for the School of Social Sciences.
I am editor of Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, and am on the editorial board of Ethnic and Racial Studies and British Journal of Sociology. I am also Vice-Chair of the Runnymede Trust and Chair of the Runnymede Academic Forum.