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Professor Yasemin Soysal

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Department of Sociology
Professor Yasemin Soysal
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    5A.321, Colchester Campus

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Biography

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 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 (www.brightfutures-project.com): 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).

Qualifications

  • BA Bogazici University,

  • PhD Stanford University,

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Citizenship and Nation-state

Open to supervise

National and Transnational

Open to supervise

Transnationalization of Higher Education

Open to supervise

International Migrations

Open to supervise

Human Rights

Open to supervise

Regional Integration (Europe and East Asia)

Open to supervise

Current research

Transnationalization of Higher Education and Student Mobility http://www.brightfutures-project.com/

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 transnationalization of higher education utilizing web-based data-mining techniques (funded by British Academy/Leverhulme small research grant).
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Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Human Rights: Theories and Applications (HU901)

  • Citizenship, International Migration and Human Rights (SC526)

  • PhD Colloquium 2: Conducting and Communicating Your Research (SC803)

  • PhD Colloquium 3: Disseminating Your Research (SC804)

  • Dissertation (SC981)

  • Migration: Theory, Concepts and Selected Issues (SC982)

Previous supervision

Nicolas Alejandro Ortiz Ruiz
Nicolas Alejandro Ortiz Ruiz
Thesis title: Activism in Transition: Generations and Political Subjectivation in the Chilean Post-Dictatorship Student Movement.
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 18/1/2019
Kerwei Chien
Kerwei Chien
Thesis title: On Not Learning Chinese: Multiple Chineseness of the Chinese Schools in the Philippines
Degree subject: Sociological Research
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 18/10/2018
Alejandra Beatriz Del Carmen Diaz De Leon Cardenas
Alejandra Beatriz Del Carmen Diaz De Leon Cardenas
Thesis title: A 'Pueblo' That Walks Together: Trust and Bonding Among Central American Transit Migrants in Mexico
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 13/7/2018
Vasiliy Anikin
Vasiliy Anikin
Thesis title: Skills Training and Development: Russia in Comparative Perspective
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 18/4/2018
Roxana-Diana Baltaru
Roxana-Diana Baltaru
Thesis title: Organisational Expansion in Higher Education: The Growth of Universities' Administrative Staff and its Impact on Performance
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 19/2/2018
Alessandra El Hariri
Alessandra El Hariri
Thesis title: 'Perceiving Italy': An Exploration of Asylum-Seekers' Strategies. the Case of Eritrean Asylum-Seekers.
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 17/1/2018
Yamei Sun
Yamei Sun
Degree subject: Occasional Study: Sociology (Research)
Degree type: Occasional Postgraduate Study
Awarded date: 22/7/2017
Qian Xia
Qian Xia
Thesis title: Chinese Postgraduate Students' Intentions and Expectations to Study Abroad
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Master of Arts (by Dissertation)
Awarded date: 8/6/2017
Giacomo Orsini
Giacomo Orsini
Thesis title: The EU and the Changing Lives of Fishermen. a Study of Lampedusan and Fuerteventuran Fishing Communities
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 3/3/2016
Cavidan Soykan
Cavidan Soykan
Thesis title: Refuge or Limbo? A Sociological Analysis of the Turkish Asylum System
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 11/3/2015
Yu-Chin Tseng
Yu-Chin Tseng
Thesis title: Becoming Taiwanese: The Citizenship Struggles and the Politics of Mainland Chinese Marriage Immigrants in Taiwan
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 6/3/2015
Christian Kemp
Christian Kemp
Thesis title: Island of Solace or Gateway to Servitude? The Relationship Between European and Maltese Immigration Policy and the Human Trafficking of African Irregular Migrants in Malta
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 13/1/2015
Maria Paula Vincent Bertiz
Maria Paula Vincent Bertiz
Thesis title: Social Vulnerability and Adaption to Natural Disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 23/7/2013

Publications

Journal articles (18)

Cebolla-Boado, H., Hu, Y. and Soysal, YN., (2018). Why study abroad? Sorting of Chinese students across British universities. British Journal of Sociology of Education. 39 (3), 365-380

Baltaru, RD. and Soysal, YN., (2018). Administrators in higher education: organizational expansion in a transforming institution. Higher Education. 76 (2), 213-229

Cebolla-Boado, H. and Soysal, Y., (2018). Educational optimism in China: migrant selectivity or migration experience?. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 44 (13), 2107-2126

Ferrer, AG., Kraus, E., Fernández, M., Boado, HC., Soysal, YN. and Aratoni, Y., (2014). Adolescents' life plans in the city of Madrid. Are immigrant origins of any importance?. Metamorfosis. 2, 25-49

Soysal, YN., (2012). Citizenship, immigration, and the European social project: rights and obligations of individuality. The British Journal of Sociology. 63 (1), 1-21

Soysal, YN., (2012). Individuality, sociological institutionalism, and continuing inequalities: a response to commentators. The British Journal of Sociology. 63 (1), 47-53

Nuhoğlu Soysal, Y., (2011). Reply to Will Kymlicka: ‘Multicultural citizenship within multination states’. Ethnicities. 11 (3), 308-312

Soysal, YN., (2010). Unpacking cosmopolitanism: an insider-outsider's reading. The British Journal of Sociology. 61 (SUPPL. 1), 405-411

Soysal, YN. and Szakács, S., (2010). Reconceptualizing the Republic: Diversity and Education in France, 1945–2008. Journal of Interdisciplinary History. 41 (1), 97-115

Soysal, YN. and Wong, S-Y., (2010). Diversity from Within and Without: Comparative Notes from France and Japan. Multicultural Education Review. 2 (1), 77-92

Soysal, YN. and Wong, SY., (2010). Diversity from within and without : comparative notes from France and Japan. Multicultural Education Review. 2 (1), 75-89

Soysal, YN., (2010). Unpacking cosmopolitanism: an insider-outsider's reading. The British Journal of Sociology. 61 (s1), 405-411

Soysal, YN., (2000). Citizenship and identity: living in diasporas in post-war Europe?. Ethnic and Racial Studies. 23 (1), 1-15

Soysal, YN., (1998). Identity and transnationalization in German school textbooks. Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars. 30 (2), 53-61

Soysal, YN., (1997). Changing parameters of citizenship and claims-making: Organized Islam in European public spheres. Theory and Society. 26 (4), 509-527

Ramirez, FO., Soysal, Y. and Shanahan, S., (1997). The Changing Logic of Political Citizenship: Cross-National Acquisition of Women's Suffrage Rights, 1890 to 1990. American Sociological Review. 62 (5), 735-735

Soysal, YN., (1996). Staatsbürgerschaft im Wandel. Postnationale Mitgliedschaft und Nationalstaat in Europa. Berliner Journal fur Soziologie. 6 (2), 181-189

Palmer, D., Barber, BM., Zhou, X. and Soysal, Y., (1995). The Friendly and Predatory Acquisition of Large U.S. Corporations in the 1960s: The Other Contested Terrain. American Sociological Review. 60 (4), 469-469

Books (3)

Soysal, YN., (2015). Transnational Trajectories in East Asia: Nation, Citizenship, and Region. Routledge Taylor & Francis. 9781138819351

Schissler, H. and Soysal, YN., (2005). The Nation, Europe and the World: Textbooks and Curricula in Transition. Berghahn Books. 978-1-57181-549-1

Soysal, YN., (1995). Limits of Citizenship: Migrants and Postnational Membership in Europe. University of Chicago Press. 9780226768427

Book chapters (9)

Štiks, I., (2017). Citizenship Rights. In: Citizenship Rights. Routledge. 323- 339. 9781409426301

Soysal, YN., (2015). Mapping the Terrain of Transnationalization: Nation, Citizenship, and Region. In: Transnational Trajectories in East Asia: Nation, Citizenship, and Region. Editors: Soysal, YN., . Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. 978-1-13-881935-1

Soysal, YN., (2015). Marshall, Thomas Humphrey (1893-1981). In: International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Second Edition). Editors: Wright, JD., . Elsevier. 626- 629. 978-0-08-097087-5

Soysal, YN. and Wong, SY., (2015). Citizenship as National and Transnational Enterprise: How Education Shapes Regional and Global Relevance. In: Transnational Trajectories in East Asia: Nation, Citizenship, and Region. Editors: Soysal, YN., . Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. 978-1-13-881935-1

Soysal, YN. and Wong, SY., (2014). Citizenship as National and Transnational Enterprise: How Education Shapes Regional and Global Relevance. In: Transnational Trajectories: Nation, Citizenship, and Region in East Asia. Editors: Soysal, YN., . Routledge Taylor & Francis. 978-1-13-881935-1

Soysal, YN., (2014). Mapping the Terrain of Transnationalization: Nation, Citizenship, and Region. In: Transnational Trajectories: Nation, Citizenship, and Region in East Asia. Editors: Soysal, YN., . Routledge Taylor & Francis. 978-1-13-881935-1

Soysal, YN., (2012). Post-national Citizenship: Rights and Obligations of Individuality. In: The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 383- 393. 9781444330939

Soysal, YN. and Szakacs, S., (2011). Projections of "diversity" in citizenship education. In: Migration and Memory: Representations of Migration in Europe since 1960. Editors: Hintermann, C. and Johansson, C., . Transactions Publishers. 77- 91. 9783706548595

Soysal, YN., (2008). Postnational Citizenship: Reconfiguring the Familiar Terrain. In: The Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology. Editors: Nash, K. and Scott, A., . Blackwell. 333- 341. 9780631210504

Grants and funding

2019

Scientists on the Move: Selectivity and Life Course Orientations among High-Skilled Migrants in the UK

British Academy

2016

Asian Educational Mobilities: A Comparative Study of International Migration of Japanese

Economic & Social Research Council

Internationalization of Higher Education: A �Big Data� Analysis

The British Academy

2015

GEMM

European Commission (H2020)

2014

"Bright Futures": A Comparative Study of Internal and International Mobility of Chinese Higher Ed

Economic & Social Research Council

2009

Hong Kong: The Nation, Region & World

Economic & Social Research Council

2008

Citizenship Education In Asia And Europe

The Chinese University Of Hong Kong Rgc

Contact

soysal@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 873572

Location:

5A.321, Colchester Campus