I am an antiracist race critical scholar. I work on the critical theorisation of race, racism and anti-racism. I have lived and worked in countries including the UK, France, Italy, Ireland and currently live on unceded Gadigal Land (Sydney, Australia).

Alana Lentin

My latest book is Why Race Still Matters (Polity, 2020)

I am currently editing the section on Antiracism Mobilisations and Resistance of the Routledge Encylopaedia of Race and Racism with Maria Elena Indelicato.

I co-edit the Rowman and Littlefield International book series, Challenging Migration Studies, with Gavan Titley.

I was the President of the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association (2017-20).


I am a Professor of Cultural and Social Analysis at Western Sydney University. Before that I was at the Department of Sociology at the University of Sussex, UK for six years.

Current research:

My current research interests reflected in recent publications are ‘not racism’ and white supremacist definitions of racism, critiques of Australian racism studies, digital antiracisms and antiracism mobile apps (with Justine Humphry), and race and racism and sociology. During a recent stay at the New School for Social Research in New York, I wrote a blog series on Race Critical and Decolonial Sociology. I followed this up with another series on Understanding Race.

Older research:

Before that, with Gavan Titley, I conducted during a visiting fellowship at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin, looked at the purported crisis of multiculturalism as the contemporary articulation of racism in a neoliberal age. Our book, The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age (with a preface by Gary Younge), was published by Zed Books in 2011. It has been favourably reviewed in journals including Global Media and Communications, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Social Identities. 

A special issue of the European Journal of Cultural Studies on Multiculturalism, edited by Gavan Titley and I, gathering articles by Les Back, Arun Kundnani, Peter Hervik, Ronit Lentin and others was published in April 2012.

In 2014, I coedited Racism and Sociology with Wulf D. Hund.

My first book published in 2004 is entitled Racism and Anti-Racism in Europe (Pluto Press, 2004). I have also co-edited Race and State with Ronit Lentin (Cambridge Scholars’ Press, 2006), the paperback edition of which was published in September 2008.

In 2008, I published an accessible insight into my approach to racism, Racism, (OneWorld). A US version of this book, Racism and Ethnic Discrimination was published by Rosen in 2011.  The book was also turned into an audiobook, read by Rodney Gardiner (Bolinda, 2012).

The Politics of Diversity in Europe, co-edited with Gavan Titley of the National University of Ireland, is published by the Council of Europe in 2008.

I am on the editorial boards of Ethnic and Racial Studies, Identities, Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, Journal of Australian Studies, and Vagabonds (Pluto Press).  I am an international board member of the International Centre on Racism (Edge Hill University).

In addition, I publish regularly in Ethnic and Racial Studies, the European Journal Social Theory, the European Journal of Cultural Studies, and Patterns of Prejudice among other journals. I have also contributed to The Guardian, OpenDemocracy, and Eurozine among other media.

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Alana Lentin