Professor Claire Alexander, B.A. Hons, DPhil

Claire joined the Board of Governors in 2020.

Professor Claire Alexander

Claire Alexander is a Professor of Sociology and Research Director in the School of Social Sciences. She is also the Associate Director of the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity.

She has a B.A. Hons in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford and completed a Master of Studies and DPhil in Social Anthropology at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology in Oxford.

Claire has researched and published work on the issues of race, ethnicity and inequality in Britain – with a particular focus on youth – for over 30 years. She has also written on South Asian diaspora and migration to Britain and is currently working on projects related to racial inequality in Higher Education and the Indian restaurant trade in East London.

Claire explores issues of history and curriculum via Our Migration Story, an award-winning website that received The Guardian’s Research Impact Award in 2019.

Since arriving at Manchester in 2012, Claire has served as the School’s Social Responsibility Director, Chair of the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (SAT) and a member of the University’s Race Equality Charter Mark SAT. She joined Senate in 2019.

Claire was a Trustee of the Runnymede Trust from 2008 to 2015 and is a trustee of the Stuart Hall Foundation (since 2018).