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I am a teacher and writer, and a Jewish European woman who is a settler on Gadigal-Wangal land (Sydney, Australia). I work on the critical theorization of race, racism and antiracism. I have previously lived and worked in countries including the UK, France, Italy, Ireland and the US. I speak English, French, Italian and Hebrew.

I am a Professor of Cultural and Social Analysis at Western Sydney University.

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

A graphic essay based on the second chapter of the book, ‘Not Racism’ came out in 2022.

I am currently writing a book for Pluto Press on the ‘War on critical race theory’ due out in 2025.

I am a founding committee member of the Institute for the Critical Study of Zionism.

I co-edit the Lexington Books book series, Challenging Migration Studies, with Gavan Titley and the Decolonization and Social Worlds book series at Bristol University Press with Ali Meghji, Jairo Fúnez-Flores and Farid Alatas.

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

In 2023 I coordinated the Online seminar series, Radical Antiracism Today: New books in abolitionist, anticolonial, internationalist antiracism with Quah Ee Ling.

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

In 2022, I coedited an edition of Debris, an Australian literary magazine.

I am on the editorial boards of Journal of Intercultural Studies, IdentitiesJournal of Australian Studies, Vagabonds, AM Learning and Research With Primary Sources: Ethnic and Indigenous Studies, Australian Studies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives  Identities, Critical Race and Whiteness Studies. 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.

During a 2017 stay as the Hans Speier Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research in New York, I wrote a series on Race Critical and Decolonial Sociology. I followed this up with another series on Understanding Race.

Earlier, 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.

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Alana Lentin