Dr Nisha Kapoor



Nisha Kapoor is Lecturer in Sociology. 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) at Duke University, US, where she now holds a visiting fellowship.

She completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Manchester, UK in 2010. Her research is broadly concerned with the changing formations and formulations of the British racial state and 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 looking at racism in education, focusing on racial structuration and practices of exclusion in high schools. During this time she also further pursued her interest in critical race theory and the racial state, working on racial neoliberalism and the War on Terror in Britain.

Developing this latest work, she is currently working on a book project which explores the use of extradition in the context of the War on Terror, with a specific focus on the relationship between Britain and the US. Working through, as its starting point, the significance of the racially ambivalent figure of ‘the Muslim’, the project sets out to engage with the borders and boundaries of legality and liberalism; the visibilities and invisibilities of the global security state; and the repositioning of postcolonial subjects in this context.

She has recently been awarded an ERSC Future Research Leaders Award entitled ‘Race and Citizenship in the Context of the War on Terror’. This is a three year project that will begin in January 2015.


Selected publications

Academic Journal Articles

(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.


  • (2013) (co-edited with Virinder S. Kalra and James Rhodes) The State of Race, London: Palgrave.

Book Chapters

  • (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:

  • The War on Terror in Britain
  • The racial state and postcoloniality
  • Racial segregation in Britain and the US
  • Racism in education
  • Critical race theory and postcolonial 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