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Department of Sociology

Heidi Mirza

Position held:
Professor of Race, Faith & Culture

+44 (0)20 7717 3109

heidi.mirza (@gold.ac.uk)


“Sociology is your life and my life: We all have stories to tell...we must tell them ...our voices must be heard!”

Professor Mirza's work focuses on gender, race, faith and culture using postcolonial and black feminist theoretical frameworks to explore equality and human rights issues for Muslim, Black and minority communities. She has widely researched educational inequalities, including the experiences of young Black and Asian women in school and processes of racialisation in higher education.  Her recent work explores current debates on multiculturalism and diversity, as well as cultural and religious difference, Islamophobia and gendered violence.

Professor Mirza’s recent research includes British lead on the European Union (EU) project ‘Young Migrant Women in Secondary Education: Promoting integration and mutual understanding through dialogue and exchange’.  She was co-principle investigator on the ethnicity strand of  ‘Understanding Society’, the ESRC funded UK Household Longitudinal Study, the largest study of its kind in the world.  She also directed  the Rayne Foundation study on  refugee education and  ‘Respecting Difference’ which promotes the understanding of race, faith and culture for teacher educators in higher education.

Professor Mirza established the Runnymede Collection at the BCA (Black Cultural Archives), a race-relations archive documenting the late 20th Century civil rights struggle for Multicultural Britain. She was Commissioner on the GLA Mayor's Commission on African and Asian Heritage and appointed by the Lord Chancellor to the Advisory Council on National Records and Archives (TNA). She is an expert consultant to English Heritage, advising on bringing in under-represented groups into the English national story.

Professor Mirza has published extensively on race, gender, Black British feminisms, multiculturalism, postcolonial theory and educational inequalities. Her numerous works include:  Young, Female and Black. (London: Routledge 1992), Black British Feminism: A Reader. London (Routledge. 1997), Tackling the Roots of Racism, Lessons for Success, with Reena Bhavnani and Veena Meetoo (Bristol, Policy Press (2005), Race, Gender and Educational Desire: Why Black Women Succeed and Fail (London, Routledge. 2009), Black and Postcolonial Feminisms in New Times: Researching Educational Inequalities, co-edited with Cynthia Joseph (London: Routledge, 2010), Respecting difference: Race, faith and culture for teacher educators, with Veena Meetoo (Institute of Education, University of London, 2012).

Selected publications

Number of items: 6.



Mirza, Heidi. 2009. Race, Gender and Educational Desire: Why black women succeed and fail. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-44876-5 [Book]

Conference or Workshop Item

Ahmed, Sara and Mirza, Heidi. 2014. 'Conversation on Black British Feminisms '. In: Conversation on Black British Feminisms. George Wood Theatre, Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom. [Conference or Workshop Item]

Ahmed, Sara, Anim-Addo, Joan, Bernard, Claudia A., Mirza, Heidi, Puwar, Nirmal and Thobani , Sunera. 2013. 'Screening and Panel Discussion on the work of Angela Davis, Free Angela and Other Political Prisoners'. In: Centre for Feminist Research Screening and Panel Discussion. Goldsmiths, Universirty of London, United Kingdom. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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