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David Landy
Assistant Professor, Sociology


David Landy is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, currently teaching on the Masters and Undergraduate programmes in sociology. A graduate of Trinity College, he has lived in Finland and Germany, working in the NGO and development sector. His main research interests are in transnational social movements, particularly with regard to Israel/Palestine, and his doctoral dissertation, funded by IRCHSS, was on diaspora Jewish opposition to Israel. He is the author of "Jewish Identity and Palestinian Rights: Diaspora Jewish Opposition to Israel', and has helped organise two conferences in Trinity College on international conflict zones: 'Palestine as 'state of exception': A global paradigm.' In 2006 and The Local and the Global: The Geo-Politics of Peace and Conflict in Colombia, Kurdistan, Sri Lanka and Northern Ireland' in 2012.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Landy, David, Challengers in the migrant field: pro-migrant Irish NGO responses to the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill, Ethnic and Racial Studies:1-18., 2014, p1 - 18 Journal Article, 2014 URL

Landy, David, Bringing the Outside In: Field Interaction and Transformation from Below in Political Struggles., Social Movement Studies, 2014, p1-15 Journal Article, 2014 URL

Negotiating power: Social movement theory and migrant groups in Ireland in, editor(s)Louis Brennan , Enacting Globalization: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on International Integration, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, [David Landy] Book Chapter, 2013

David Landy, Talking Human Rights: How social movement activists are constructed and constrained by human rights discourse, International Sociology, 28, (4), 2013, p409-428 Journal Article, 2013 TARA - Full Text

David Landy, Jewish Identity and Palestinian Rights: Diaspora Jewish Opposition to Israel, London, Zed, 2011, 1 - 250pp Book, 2011

David Landy, The mirror stage of movement intellectuals? Jewish criticism of Israel and its relationship to a developing social movement, Interface, 1, (1), 2009, p188 - 215 Journal Article, 2009 TARA - Full Text

Authenticity and political agency on study trips to Palestine in, editor(s)Ronit Lentin , Thinking Palestine, London, Zed, 2008, pp189 - 206, [David Landy] Book Chapter, 2008

David Landy, Zionism, multiculturalism and the construction of Irish-Jewish identity, Irish Journal of Sociology, 16, (1), 2007, p62 - 79 Journal Article, 2007

David Landy, 90 Inca Israeli-Jews: Recruiting for Israel's Demographic War, Race & Class, 44, 2003, p1 - 18 Journal Article, 2003

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

David Landy, 'We are more than statistics and scattered body parts": Telling stories and coalescing Palestinian history, International Sociology Review of Books, 28, (2), 2013, p145 - 154 Journal Article, 2013 TARA - Full Text

David Landy, The use of universalist discourses in social movements: How Israel-critical Jewish activists deploy and are constrained by human rights talk, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Cardiff University, 16-18 April 2009, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

David Landy, Jewish involvement in Israel-critical groups: Identity politics, solidarity movement or a disparate group of people doing their separate things?, Eleventh International Conference on Alternative Futures and Popular Protest, Manchester Metropolitan University, 19-21 April 2006, edited by Colin Barker and Mike Tyldesley , 2006 Conference Paper, 2006

Research Expertise


His research interests concern the politics of ethnicity and identity; transnational social movements (in particular the tension between the object of activism and activists themselves); human rights discourse; diaspora and migration; Zionism and anti-Zionism; and Israel/Palestine.


Conflict/Dispute Resolution; Diaspora; Immigrants; Israel-Palestine; Multicultural Society; Racism/Race Relations; Social Change; Social Movements; Sociological Theory


Awards and Honours

Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences postgraduate scholarship 2006-9


Secretary, Sociological Association of Ireland 2013

British Sociological Association