Nira Yuval-Davis, Prof.

Nira Yuval-Davis is Professor and Graduate Course Director in Gender, Sexualities and Ethnic Studies at the University of East London and the past president of the Research Committee 05 (on Racism, Nationalism and Ethnic Relations) of the International Sociological Association.


She is a member of the RAE (national research assessment exercise) 2008 Sociology Panel and an elected member of the Academy of the Social Sciences. Among her other professional and public activities she has been a member of Khamsin, a socialist publication forum on the Middle East, a member of the European Forum of Left Feminists, a founder member of the International Research Network on Women in Militarized Conflict Zones and of Women Against Fundamentalism.


She has  been on the expert consultation team on the gender initiative of Amnesty International and the expert advisory team of the UNDP evaluation of its work in post-conflict  societies. She has been a member of the International Initiative for Justice in the Gujarat and on the experts team advising the UN special Rapporteur on the effects of ‘culture  and tradition’ on Violence against Women. She has also been elected to the ‘Include-Ed Panel of Experts’, FP6 of the European Commission.


Nira Yuval-Davis has published widely on theoretical and empirical aspects of intersecting nationalism, racism, fundamentalism, citizenship and gender relations in Britain & Europe, Israel and other settler societies.


Among her recent books are Gender and Nation (Sage, 1997) (which has been translated by now to seven different languages); Women, Citizenship and Difference (Zed Books, 1999); Warning Signs of Fundamentalisms (WLUML, 2004) and The Situated Politics of Belonging (Sage, 2006).


She is currently working on a monograph on Nationalism and Belonging for Sage and is the Director of an ESRC funded research project on Identity, Performance and Social Action: The Use of Community Theatre among Refugees.