_DSC0020Leila Hadj-Abdou was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the MIGPROSP project from June 2014 to January 2016.

Prior to joining the University of Sheffield Leila was a Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR) at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC. Leila obtained her PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Her doctoral thesis, “Governing Urban Diversity” (supervised by Rainer Bauböck and Donatella della Porta) assessed immigrant integration policies and discourses about immigrants in the European capital cities of Vienna and Dublin.

Previously, Leila worked as a researcher and project manager at the Institute for Political Sciences at the University of Vienna. She has several years experience as a university lecturer, teaching courses in comparative politics, qualitative methods, and gender studies at the Department of Political Science of the University of Vienna, and the Institute for European Studies and International Relations of the University of Bratislava. Leila was a visiting researcher at the University College Dublin, the Centre de Recherches Sociologiques et Politiques, CNRS in Paris, and the Institute for Higher Studies in Vienna.

Leila has published on a wide array of topics including: international migration, muslim mobilization, multiculturalism and cities, managing religion in Europe, politics of recognition, politics of belonging, and populist right-wing parties.