Dr. Aleksandra Lewicki

Aleksandra Lewicki is Co-Director of the Sussex European Institute and a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Sussex. Her work investigates boundary-making and structural inequalities in post-colonial Europe. In particular, she is interested in political mobilisation, and the role institutions play in crafting and sustaining categories of difference. She has written on citizenship and activism, institutional racism in the welfare state, anti-Muslim racism and on the racialization of ‘Eastern Europeans’ in Britain and Germany. Her work has appeared in leading journals such as Sociology, Patterns of Prejudice, Citizenship Studies and Ethnic and Racial Studies. She is an In-House Associate Editor of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

From May to July 2022, she is a visiting researcher at the research group „Public Health and migration from a global and interdisciplinary perspective“ at the Centre for Global Migration Studies. In this time, she will finalize the publication circle and share her findings from three research projects on institutional racism in the German welfare state – including research she conducted on ‘Care Ethics and the Production of Racial and Moral Others’ as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Freie Universität Berlin and two collaborative follow-up projects on discrimination in health care provision commissioned by the Stiftung Mercator and Antidiskriminierungstelle des Bundes respectively. Together with Sabine Hess, Jelka Günther, Reza Bayat and others she develops new research into institutional cultures and dynamics of racism in health and social care; she also forges new collaborative networks for an interdisciplinary study into Central East European communities’ strategies of political resistance in Britain and Germany.