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).

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 an Associate 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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  • Arlene Perly Rae

    September 2, 2016

    Hi, my grandmother’s maiden name was Mira Lantin. She was born in Zidikai, Lithuania in 1901, married my grandfather there and (fortunately) emigrated to Canada before the war. We may well be distant cousins. My husband, Bob Rae, and I visited Zidikai in 1989. I have photos and a map of the town as it was before WW11 (sent to us as drawn by a former postmistress we interviewed on our visi. She remembered the layout). I would very much like to see your late father’s film, Grandfather, Speak to me in Russian. Please contact me by email if you are interested in following up. Thank you. Arlene Perly Rae. (arleneperlyrae@yahoo.com).
    P.S. Your work sounds fascinating!

  • Norman Clemo

    March 28, 2020


    The Guardian

    With our narrow interpretation of racism it’s too easy to deny that we are racist
    Alana Lentin

    As members of a society built on the dispossession of its original owners we need better racial literacy for the challenges ahead

    Thu 26 Oct 2017 18.00 BST

    Response :


    T h e P a t h t o N a t i o n a l S u i c i d e
    An Essay on Immigration and Multiculturalism
    by Lawrence Auster

    Chapter III.
    On the Meaning of Racism
    Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.

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