Academic Staff

Professor Yasemin Soysal

Staff positionGraduate Director (Autumn 2015)
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Yasemin Soysal was previously 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 Willy Brandt Guest Professor at the Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Malmo, and the Niklas Luhmann distinguished visiting chair at Bielefeld University. 


BA (Bogazici University Istanbul) PhD (Stanford, California)

Current research

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).  She is also conducting research on the internationalization of higher education utilizing web-based data-mining techniques (funded by British Academy/Leverhulme small research grant).  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.  

Research interests
  • Citizenship
  • Nation-state and Globalization
  • International Migrations
  • Human Rights
  • Education
  • Regional Integration (Europe and East Asia)

Teaching responsibilities

Soysal teaches courses on the nation-state and citizenship; immigration and human rights; European integration and globalization; and sociology of education. She has served as the director of the MA in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights, the Human Rights Center, and is currently the director of graduate studies in Sociology Department.


Yasemin's publications include Limits of Citizenship: Migrants and Postnational Membership in Europe (University of Chicago Press, 1995; chinese translation, Chu Liu Book Company, 2013), The Nation, Europe, and the World: Textbooks and Curricula in Transition (with H. Schissler, Berghahn Books, 2005), Transnational Trajectories in East Asia: Nation, Citizenship, and Region (Routledge, 2015) and articles in American Sociological Review, Theory and Society, Sociology of Education, British Journal of Sociology, European Societies, and Ethnic and Racial Studies

Additional information

Yasemin 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.

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