Leah Bassel

Leah Bassel
  • Professor, University of Roehampton

Leah Bassel is Professor of Sociology at the University of Roehampton, UK, where her
research interests include the political sociology of migration, intersectionality and
citizenship. Her books include Refugee Women: Beyond Gender versus CultureĀ (Routledge,
2012), The Politics of Listening: Possibilities and Challenges for Democratic Life (Palgrave,
2017), and Minority Women and Austerity: Survival and Resistance in France and Britain co-
authored with Akwugo Emejulu (Policy Press 2017). She is currently co-Principal
Investigator, with Akwugo Emejulu, of the Open Society-funded project Women of Colour
Resist. Leah has also led projects funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and
the British Academy. She is Assistant Editor of the journal Citizenship Studies.
Leah is a member of Haringey Welcome, a campaign group working for fairness, dignity and
respect for migrants and refugees in the London borough of Haringey. Before pursuing an
academic career, Leah was an emergency outreach worker in Paris, where she provided
humanitarian assistance to asylum seekers and created a circus camp project for refugee
youth. She holds a DPhil from the Refugee Studies Centre/Nuffield College, University of
Oxford and a BA and MA from McGill University.