Dr Nisha Kapoor



Nisha Kapoor is Lecturer in Sociology. She joined the Department in 2013 following a year at Duke University, US where she was 2012-13 Samuel DuBois Cook Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences (REGSS).

Her research interests are broadly concerned with racism and the security state covering topics relating to immigration, citizenship, criminalization, Islamophobia, segregation and racism in education. Theoretically, she draws on critical race, postcolonial, political and cultural theory to assist in the undertaking of this work.

Her latest research, some of which is published in her book Deport Deprive Extradite. 21st Century State Extremism (Verso, 2018), comes out of an ESRC Future Research Leaders Award (2015-2018).  The three year project examines race, citizenship and the state in the context of the War on Terror.  Focusing on different techniques of expulsion- specifically extradition, citizenship deprivation and passport removals, incarceration and deportation- the project uses a range of methods (interviews, documentary and media analysis, quantitative analysis of data obtained via FOI requests) to explore the intensification of securitization and its authoritarian dimensions.  The project documents stories and cases of individuals subject to such measures, and analyses legal judgments, policy documents and statistical data to consider both the detail of extreme cases but also what they illuminate about the security state, and liberal democracy, more broadly.

She completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Manchester, UK in 2010. Her doctoral work focused on racial segregation in Britain, exploring the influences of policy and political discourse as well as US theoretical conceptualizations of segregation on its use and appropriation in Britain.  Subsequently she worked as a Research Associate in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University.


Selected publications


Kapoor, N. (2018). Deport Deprive Extradite. 21st State Extremism, London: Verso.
Kapoor, N., Kalra, V. S., & Rhodes, J. (eds.) (2013) The State of Race, Palgrave.
Kapoor, N., Virinder, S., Kalra, & Rhodes, J. (2013) The State of Race, London: Palgrave.

Academic Journal Articles

Kapoor, N. (2016). ‘Implementing Internationalisation in Higher Education’, York Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Journal, 1, 89-103.
Valluvan, S., & Kapoor, N. (2016). ‘On Theorising Race and Other Things’, Ethnic and Racial Studies Review, 39 (3).
Kapoor, N. (2015). ‘Removing the Right to have Rights’, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 15(1).
(2013) ‘On the North West Ten: Postcoloniality, the British Racial State and the War on Terror’, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 20(1), 61-76.
(2013) ‘Re-thinking empirical approaches to racial segregation’, Sociological Review, 61(3), 440-59.
(2013) (with Sivamohan Valluvan and Virinder S. Kalra) ‘Crisis of Explanation: Narrating the 2011 Manchester riots’, Journal of Cultural Research, 17(2), 164-82.
(2011) ‘The advancement of racial neoliberalism in Britain’ Ethnic and Racial Studies,DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2011.629002. Published in print (2013), 36(6), 1028-46.
(2009) (co-authored with Virinder S. Kalra) ‘Interrogating Segregation, Integration and the Community Cohesion Agenda’ Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 35(9), 1397-1415.

Book Chapters

Kapoor, N. (forthcoming 2017) ‘The Tale of the Two Disappeared: Racism, Resistance and Fighting for the Right to Life’ in D. Naik and T. Oldfield (eds.) Critical Cities, vol.5.
(2013) ‘Extraordinary Extradition: Racial (In)justice in Britain’, in Kapoor, N., Kalra, V., and Rhodes, J. (eds.) The State of Race, Palgrave.
(2013) ‘Introduction: The State of Race’ (with Virinder Kalra) in Kapoor, N., Kalra, V., and Rhodes, J. (eds.) The State of Race, Palgrave.
(2013) ‘Afterword: Racial Futures’ in Kapoor, N., Kalra, V., and Rhodes, J. (eds.) The State of Race, Palgrave.


Book Reviews

(2014) Review of A. Kundnani (2014) The Muslims are Coming, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 37(10), 1957-59.
(2009) Review of J Herbert (2008) Negotiating Boundaries in the City, Oral History, 37 (Spring), 112-113.

Policy Reports/ Contributions

Kapoor, N. (2013). ‘Along the Fault Lines of ‘British Justice for British Citizens’: Locating the non/British Muslim’ in Alexander, C., Redclift, V. and Hussian, A. (eds) The New Muslims, London: Runnymede Trust.



My research interests are broadly in the following areas, in which I would also welcome PhD applications:

  • Racism, Criminalisation and the Security State
  • Race, Class and Capitalism
  • Islamophobia and the War on Terror
  • Migration and Citizenship
  • Critical Race, Cultural and Political Theory

My current project, funded through an ERSC Future Research Leaders Award, is titled ‘Race and Citizenship in the Context of the War on Terror’. This is a three-year project beginning in January 2015. The research will investigate the growing insecurity of citizenship in the context of the War on Terror with a particular focus on different forms of citizenship removal and exclusion and their racial dimensions. In the post 9/11 context the use of extradition, citizenship deprivation and charter flight deportations have been promoted, assisted in part by changes to the law, yet there has been little discussion about the full extent of these forms of removal; who it is that is being extradited, having their citizenship deprived and being deported en masse; what the conditions are in which these removals occur; what the justifications are for their use and what the implications are for society as a whole. This research aims to address these issues.

Nisha Kapoor

Contact details

Dr Nisha Kapoor
Department of Sociology
University of York
North Yorkshire
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 32 3059