Professor Tariq Modood

Professor Tariq Modood

Professor Tariq Modood
Professor of Sociology, Politics and Public Policy

1.08, 3 Priory Road,
3 Priory Road, Bristol,
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Telephone Number (0117) 331 0850

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

I am the founding Director of the University Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship. I have held over 40 grants and consultancies (UK, European and US), have over 35 (co-)authored and (co-)edited books and reports and over 200 articles or chapters in political philosophy, sociology and public policy. I was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2017.

I am the co-founding editor of the international journal, Ethnicities. My publications include Multicultural Politics: Racism, Ethnicity and Muslims in Britain (2005), Multiculturalism: A Civic Idea, (2007/2013) and Still Not Easy Being British: Struggles for a Multicultural Citizenship (2010); and as co-editor, Multiculturalism, Muslims and Citizenship: A European Approach (2006), Secularism, Religion and Multicultural Citizenship (2009), Global Migration, Ethnicity and Britishness (2011), European Multiculturalisms (2012), Tolerance, Intolerance and Respect (2013), Religion in a Liberal State (2013), Multiculturalism Rethought (2015), Multiculturalism and Interculturalism: Debating the Dividing Lines (Feb, 2016), The Problem of Religious Diversity. European Challenges, Asian Approaches (2017) and Essays on Secularism and Multiculturalism (2019).

I am highly committed to public engagement and am a regular contributor to media and policy debates.  My work is frequently cited by policy-makers and practioners and on several occasions has influenced policy. I have been Adviser to the Muslim Council of Britain and  have served on the DfES Race, Education and Employment Forum; the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain (1997-2000); the IPPR Commission on National Security (2007-09); the National Equality Panel (2007-10); and the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life (2013-16).

My impact case study, ‘Influencing law, policy and public discourse on the accommodation of Muslims in Britain’ was one of three which collectively were ranked as 3rd in the UK by the Sociology 2013 REF. The importance of public intellectual engagement is expressed in this biographical interview: 

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Over the last 25 years I have worked on: Theory and politics of racism, racial equality, multiculturalism and secularism, with especial reference to British Asian Muslims; ethnic identities, national identities and the 'second generation'; ethnic disadvantage and progress in employment and education; comparisons within and between Western Europe and North America; the politics of being Muslim in the West. The topics I am currently most focused on are the political theory and sociology of multiculturalism, interculturalism and secularism.

I was the Bristol Director of the Leverhulme Programme on Migration and Citizenship, with UCL, which consisted of 8 projects running between 2003-09. With Anna Triandafyllidou I led EMILIE: A European Approach to Multicultural Citizenship (with 8 EU partners), an EU 6th Framework project (2006-09) and we followed this up with a 15 countries project, Accept Pluralism: Tolerance, Pluralism and Social Cohesion (2010-2013). I worked on a project with Dr Therese O’Toole, Muslim Participation in Contemporary Governance, funded by the AHRC (2010-13). During 2010-11 I had a Fellowship from the AHRC to work on a book on Secularism and the Accommodation of Muslims in Western Europe, which I developed further on during my Robert Schuman Fellowship at the European University Institute, 2013-2015.

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Postgraduate and Undergraduate: The Theory and Politics of Multiculturalism; Religion and Politics in the West.

Key publications

  1. Modood, T, 2007, ‘Multiculturalism: A Civic Idea’. Polity Press
  2. Triandafyllidou, A, Modood, T & Meer, N, 2011, ‘European multiculturalisms: Cultural, religious and ethnic challenges’. Edinburgh University Press
  3. Modood, T, 2012, ‘Is There a Crisis of Secularism in Western Europe?’. Sociology of Religion, vol 73., pp. 130-149
  4. Levey, G & Modood, T, 2009, ‘Secularism, Religion and Multicultural Citizenship’. Cambridge University Press

Latest publications

  1. Uberoi, V & Modood, T, 2019, ‘The emergence of the Bristol School of Multiculturalism’. Ethnicities, vol 19., pp. 955-970
  2. Modood, T & May, S, 2019, ‘Editorial: Twenty years of Ethnicities’. Ethnicities, vol 19., pp. 953-954
  3. Modood, T, 2019, ‘Essays on Secularism and Multiculturalism’. Rowman & Littlefield
  4. Meer, N & Modood, T, 2019, ‘'The racialisation of Muslims'’. in: Irene Zempi, Imran Awan (eds) The Routledge International Handbook of Islamophobia. Routledge, pp. 18-31
  5. Modood, T, 2019, ‘A Multicultural Nationalism?’. Brown Journal of World Affairs, vol 25., pp. 233-246
  6. Modood, T & Thompson, S, 2018, ‘Revisiting Contextualism in Political Theory: Putting Principles into Context’. Res Publica, vol 24., pp. 339-357

Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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