Dr. Aleksandra Lewicki


Senior Lecturer in Sociology

School of Law, Politics and Sociology 

University of Sussex


Email: A.Lewicki@sussex.ac.uk

Web: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/sociology/people/

Twitter: @aleks_lewicki


I am a political sociologist with a degree in Politics from the University of Potsdam and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Bristol. I work as a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Sussex and am a member of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research. ­­

My research engages with structural forms of inequality in Europe, most notably Br­­­­itain and Germany. A particular concern lies with the ways in which institutional cultures iterate or neutralize and thereby perpetuate racism. I am interested in how race is made, by whom, and to what end – as well as how it aligns with and is reinforced by discursive practices across various realms of public life. Across various projects, I have focused on benevolent interventions which – intentionally or otherwise – reproduce the logics of racism.

For instance, my work has critically interrogated liberal citizenship and integration policy frameworks as to their blind spots and silences on inequality, reflected on articulations and institutional manifestations of Orientalism and Islamophobia, and engaged with the Christian Churches’ historic and contemporary contribution to the making of race.

I have researched processes of political mobilisation, lobbying and consultation, arts-based activism, community engagement, the negotiation and scope of equality laws, as well as institutional cultures in the welfare sector.

Conceptually, this work lies at the intersection between the sociology of race and the sociology of religion, and has contributed to the scholarship on discourses, practices and acts of citizenship, institutional racism, religion and welfare, and more recently also postcolonial studies.

I mainly draw on qualitative methods, including semi-structured conversation, participant observation, and collaborative and participatory co-production. Public engagement is an important part of my academic work.


Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology, University of Bristol, Dissertation title: Social Justice through Citizenship? The Politics of Integration in Germany and Great Britain, Supervisors: Prof. Tariq Modood, Dr. Therese O’Toole (2012)

‘Diplom’ (2 year MA equivalent + 1 year study abroad) Politics, Dissertation title: Sovereignty in Transition, Topicality of an Essentially Contested Concept, University of Potsdam (2005)

Study Abroad, European Studies, Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland (part of MA) (2003).

‘Vordiplom‘, Politics, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (2002).



Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Freie Universität Berlin, Principal Investigator researching institutional discrimination in social care for older people in Germany (2016 – 2017).

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Bristol, funded by the AHRC/ESRC Connected Communities Programme (PI Professor Morag McDermont) (2013 – 2015).

Postdoctoral Researcher, Peace Research Institute Oslo, funded by NORFACE (PI Professor Jorgen Carling) (2011 – 2013).

Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft, Potsdam University, Institute for Political Theory (Professor Heinz Kleger) (2005 – 2008)

Studentische Hilfskraft, German Council on Foreign Relations Berlin, funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation (programme director Dr. Gereon Schuch) (2004 – 2005).

Co-Convenor Interdisciplinary Research Network ‚Ethnicity, Race and Diverse Societies‘ (University of Sussex)

Rat für Migration (German Council of Migration)

British Sociological Association (BSA)
Study Groups: Race & Ethnicity, Sociology of Religion

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Politische Wissenschaft (DVPW)
Subgroup Migrationpolicy

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS)
Sektion Migration und Ethnische Minderheiten, Sektion Religionssoziologie

Polish Migration Research Network, University of London

Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst
Alumna and Selection Committee Member for Scholarships

Bürger Europas e.V.

Since 2018 Associate Editor of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Taylor and Francis.
JEMS | @scmrjems

Since 2012 Associate Editor of the Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen, DeGruyter, Berlin.
www.forschungsjournal.de | @FJSozBew

Since 2019 Editorial Board of Patterns of Prejudice, Taylor and Francis.
 Patterns of Prejudice | @POP_Jrnl

2011 – 2017 Managing Editor of the Ethnicities Journal, Sage, London.
etn.sagepub.com/ | @ethnicitiessage


Peer reviewer for the international academic journals

Critical Research on Religion ( https://journals.sagepub.com/home/crr)

Citizenship Studies ( https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ccst20/current)

Diversities ( www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/…)

Ethnicities ( etn.sagepub.com/)

Ethnic and Racial Studies ( www.tandfonline.com/toc/rers20/current)

Interdisciplines. Journal of History and Sociology (  www.inter-disciplines.de/index.php/indi)

Journal of International Migration and Integration ( www.springer.com/social+sciences/…)

Journal of Migration and Ethnic Studies ( www.tandfonline.com/loi/cjms20#.V5HzaDWThPY)

Open Theology ( www.degruyter.com/view/j/opth)

Social Identities ( www.tandfonline.com/toc/csid20/current#.V5HzuDWThPY)

Social Inclusion ( https://www.cogitatiopress.com/socialinclusion)

Social Sciences ( www.mdpi.com/journal/socsci)

Sub/urban: Zeitschrift für kritische Stadtforschung ( www.zeitschrift-suburban.de/sys/index.php/suburban)

140,000 € Fellowship Dahlem Research School supported by the European Commission’s Marie Curie Skłodowska Programme and the German Research Foundation (DFG) (for scholars working outside Germany, five stage global selection, 5% success rate), 2016 – 2017

200 £ University of Bristol Impact Acceleration Travel Award to MCB British Muslims in Numbers Report Launch at the House of Commons, London, 2015

3,000 £ Travel Grant by the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, New York University, 2010

38,630 £ University of Bristol Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies, 2008 – 2011

40,500 € Evangelisches Begabtenförderungswerk Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies, 2006 – 2008

6,000 € German Academic Exchange Service Scholarship for 1-year study abroad, 2002

2019 Qualitative Research Methods, Undergraduate level (2. year), Department of Sociology, University of Sussex: Doing Social Research: Working with Qualitative Methods (design and delivery of lectures).

2018 Racism / Postcolonial Studies, Undergraduate level (2. and 3. year), Department of Sociology, University of Sussex: Race: Conflict and Change (design and delivery of lectures), Postcolonial Europe? (design and delivery of lectures and seminars)

2018 Qualitative Research Methods, Undergraduate level (2. year), Department of Sociology, University of Sussex: Doing Social Research: Working with Qualitative Methods (seminar tutor).

2017 Research Methodology for Doctoral Candidates, Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies, Freie Universität Berlin: Pre-/ and Post-fieldwork Conversations (design and delivery).

2016 Research Methodology, Postgraduate level, Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies, Freie Universität Berlin: Pre-/ and Post-fieldwork Conversations (design and delivery).

2015 Workshops for Adults and School Pupils: Development of interactive training materials and tools used by facilitators of adult learning and school teachers in Britain.

2015 Politics, Undergraduate level (year 1), University of Bristol: Comparative Politics and Government (delivery and assessment).

2013 Sociology, Undergraduate level (2nd year), University of Bristol: Contemporary Social Inequalities (delivery and assessment).

2012 Sociology Undergraduate level (1st year), University of Bristol: Social Identities and Divisions (delivery and assessment).

2010 Sociology Undergraduate level (2nd year), University of Bristol: Contemporary Social Inequalities (delivery and assessment).

2005 – 2008 Interactive Workshops for older adults and schools, in collaboration with the NGO Bürger Europas (Citizens of Europe).

2000 – 2002 Workshops for adults and schools at the Documentation Centre of the Former Nazi Party Rally Grounds and the Nuremberg Palace of Justice in the court room of the Nuremberg Trials.