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Visiting Professors and Scholars

The Department of Sociology runs a visitor programme that allows international researchers and advanced doctoral students to spend periods of time in the Department ranging from one month to one year. This programme is intended to help build the research capacity of the Department and encourages the development of collaborative projects between local and external researchers. This is done by the presentation of work in the Sociology Research Seminar Series, collaboration with staff, being available to talk to Sociology postgraduate students, and participating in other informal activities.

We have hosted the following Scholars:

Heather Hofmeisterheatherh

Heather Hofmeister is professor of Sociology and co-Director of the Center for Leadership and Behavior in Organizations at Goethe University, Frankfurt. Her Ph.D. is in Sociology from Cornell University. She served as the first Vice-Rector of Human Resources Management and Development at RWTH Aachen University and was the first woman in its university leadership. This experience informed her research on science careers and built upon her longstanding specialties in work, family, and gender with life course and international comparative perspectives. Her emerging research examines the intergenerational transmission of life course pathways and attitudes as a mechanism of social change and stability. She serves on the Board of Governors for the Technical University of Munich and its Institute for Advanced Studies, the Editorial Board of the Journal Research in the Sociology of Work, and served on the governing Board of the University of Bamberg. She has served at the Goethe University Faculty of Social Sciences as Dean of Studies, Sociology Department Chair, and Board of Examiners Chair and was a 2015 Visiting Scholar at the Cornell University Center for the Study of Economy & Society. Heather Hofmeister joins the Sociology Department at Trinity College Dublin under the Erasmus Staff Mobility Exchange Program from January to April 2022.  Contact:

Irene BloemraadIrene Bloomerad

Irene Bloemraad is Professor of Sociology and a Senior Fellow with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Her research examines how immigrants become incorporated into the political and civic life of their adopted countries and the consequences of their presence on politics and understandings of citizenship. Her work has a strong interdisciplinary and international scope, with articlespublished in journals spanning sociology, political science, history, and ethnic/ migration studies. She is the author or co-editor of Rallying for Immigrant Rights(2011, with Kim Voss), Civic Hopes and Political Realities (2008, with S. Karthick Ramakrishnan), and Becoming a Citizen: Incorporating Immigrants and Refugees in the United States and Canada (2006, UC Press).  From 2014 to2015, she served as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences committee reporting on the integration of immigrants into U.S. society.  Believing that excellence in research and teaching go hand-in-hand, she is also the proud recipient of multiple teaching and mentorship awards. Irene Bloemraad will be at Trinity College from August 2016 through June 2017.


Claudia FinotelliClaudia Finotelli

Claudia Finotelli is Senior Lecturer at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Münster, Germany. She has published on migration control policies, labour migration governance, and the socio-economic integration of immigrants in Southern Europe and Canada. Her most recent publications include: ‘Is There a North-South Divide in Integration Outcomes?’ (co-authored with H. Cebolla, European Journal of Population); ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ revisited: A Comparison of German, Canadian and Spanish labour migration policies” (co-authored with H. Kolb, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis); ‘Closed Memberships in a Mobile World? Welfare States, Welfare Regimes and International Migration’ (co-authored with G. Sciortino) published in S. McMahon, T., L. Talani (eds.) Handbook of the International Political Economy of Immigration, Palgrave.  Whilst visiting scholar at Trinity College she has worked on a project analysing the impacts of the economic crisis on immigrants´ integration in Spain and Ireland and funded by the Spanish “Castillejo Programme”. Dr. Finotelli was visiting scholar at the Department of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin from July 2016 to September 2016.



Niamh Stephenson

Niamh Stephenson is a Senior Lecturer in Social Science at the University of New South Wales. Her current research examines the relationships between public health and social and political change. She has published in the fields of sociology of health and medicine, migration, and qualitative research methods. Her books include: Escape Routes: Control and Subversion in the 21st Century, which interrogates how postliberal regimes of control are impacting on the politics health, labour and migration (co-authored with Papadopoulos and Tsianos, Pluto Press); Analysing Everyday Experience: Social Research and Political Change, (co-authored with Papadopoulos, Palgrave); and Socialising the Biomedical Turn in HIV Prevention (co-authored with Kippax, forthcoming with Anthem).  Whilst a visiting scholar in the Department of Sociology (September – December 2015) she will be working on two Australia Research Council funded projects: one examines the public health framing of pandemic influenza; and the second considers the routinisation of obstetric ultrasound.


Donagh Davis

Donagh Davis will defend his PhD dissertation at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy in 2015. His main research interests lie within political and historical sociology, with particular focus on the sociology of revolutions, contentious politics, political violence and social movements. Donagh's work in Florence was associated with the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS). While his PhD dissertation is a single-case analysis of the independence struggle in early twentieth century Ireland, it is heavily influenced by the traditions of comparative historical analysis and the comparative study of revolutions. His most recent publications include a chapter in the forthcoming volume Political Violence in Context (ed. L. Bosi, N. Ó Dochartaigh and D. Pisiou, ECPR Press) entitled ‘What's so transformative about transformative events? Violence and temporality in Ireland's 1916 Rising’. He holds an M. Res. in Political and Social Sciences from the EUI, an MA in Sociology from Maynooth University, and a BA in History and English from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Donagh was a visiting scholar in the Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin from November 2014 until February 2015.


Serkan Turgut

Serkan Turgut is a research assistant and PhD student in the Department of Sociology at Ege University, Izmir, Turkey. He obtained his Master's degree in Sociology (2012) with his thesis entitled ‘National Education Ideology and Teacher in the Context of Turkish Modernization in Republic Period’ at Ege University. He worked as philosophy and sociology teacher at various high schools throughout Turkey between 2004 and 2011. Currently he is studying for his PhD thesis exploring ethnic based educational inequalities among Turkish and Kurdish youths.  His main research interests are ethnicity, forced migration, educational inequalities, stratification and political movements. Serkan was a visiting scholar in the Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin from January 2014 until July 2015.


Marcio Gomes de Sá

Marcio holds a position as Assistant Professor at the Brazilian Federal University (UFPE-Universidade Federal de Pernambuco). He obtained his Master’s degree in Management (2005, UFPE). Among the books which he had published in Brazil are Feirantes: quem são e como administram seus negócios (Merchants: who they are and how they manage their businesses) and O homem de negócios contemporâneo (The contemporary businessman), both of them by Editora UFPE. Currently he is doing a PhD in Sociology at Minho’s University (Braga, Portugal). His thesis title is Os filhos das feiras e o campo de negócios agreste (The children of fairs and the agreste business field). It is contextualized in a micro-region called Agreste (Northeast Brazil), a rural, bare rocky soil geographic área. In reality, historically integrated by street fairs in small and medium urban places, this is a micro-region where a specific social environment has developed and undergone structural changes over the last decades. Throughout this process, children from families of rural origin who lived their childhood among fair commerce activities have today local manufactures (called fabricos), domestic small factories (called facções) or even medium and large family businesses in the so-called Polo de Confecções do Agreste, a sort of peripheral economic cluster of ready-to-wear clothes. Marcio spent the last academic year at Bologna’s University, Italy. Marcio was a visiting researcher (Erasmus Scholarship), working alongside Dr Daniel Faas in the Department of Sociology, from April 2014 until September 2014.


Anja Kirkeby

Anja Kirkeby is a PhD student with the Department of Cultural and Global Studies in Aalborg University, Denmark. She has a Master's degree in Sociology (2012) and has previously done research on gendered patterns within internal migration for the interdisciplinary research and information Centre EDGE (Center for Equality, Diversity, Gender). Since 2013, she has been a member of the research group CoMID (Center of Migration and Diversity) which investigate the origins, practice and consequences of international migration. The title of her thesis is "Central and Eastern European migrant workers and the Danish labour market". The aim of the study is to identify and analyse consequences on the skilled and non-skilled Danish labour market of migration from the Central- and Eastern European EU-member countries in the period 1993-2013, using Danish registers and longitudinal methods. Her work focuses on identifying how the new labour migration is integrated to the Danish labour market, e.g. in terms of segregation. Anja is a visiting PhD student in the Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin from March 2014 until June 2014.


Eliane Marchetti Silva Azevedo

Eliane Marchetti is a teacher at the technological education federal center (CEFET-MG) in Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil. She is a member of the Language and Technology Department – DELTEC. Besides teaching, she is also a member of the research group NALET which investigates language learning and technological education. Having graduated in Arts (Language and Literature), Eliane Marchetti obtained her Master’s degree in Sociology (2010) and since 2012 she is a PhD student in Social Sciences at “Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo – PUC-SP. In Trinity her work is under the supervision of Dr. Antje Roeder under Sandwich Scholarship - funded by CAPES Foundation, Ministry of Education of Brazil, Brasilia. Her thesis title is “Brazilian immigrants in Ireland: the construction of citizenship and identity”. This study aims to investigate and analyze Brazilian immigrants who chose to reside in Ireland. Her work focuses on identifying how these Brazilians construct their citizenship in the host country and the identity construction they perform during this process. She is interested in migration, identity, and citizenship. Eliane was a visiting scholar (Sandwich Scholarship) in the Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin from February 2014 until July 2014.


Ethem Kadri Pektaş

Dr Ethem Kadri Pektaş is a member of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at the Afyon Kocatepe University, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey. His department is Public Administration. Dr Pektas obtained his Master’s degree in Public Administration (1997) and his PhD (2003) from the Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey. His research interests are local governments and local services, local politics and local democracy, urbanization problems (housing, employment, education, security, health, adaptation and integration) and environmental problems. At Trinity, he will work alongside Dr Daniel Faas on the project ‘Citizen Participation in Irish and Turkish Local Governments’ funded by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK). Dr Pektaş was a visiting scholar in the Department of Sociology from 19th September 2013 until 18th September 2014.


Francisco Javier Ullán de la Rosa

Professor Ullán de la Rosa currently holds a position as Associate Professor at Universidad de Alicante (Spain), Department of Sociology. He received a BA in Geography and History at Universidad Complutense de Madrid; an MSc in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics, London; a PhD in Political Science and Sociology at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has previously worked in several universities in Latin America (México, Ecuador, Bolivia) and lectured as visiting scholar in several , among others, Cambridge University, University of Southampton, Oxford Brookes University, Université de Perpignan, Université de Marne-La-Vallée, Università degli Studi di Genova, Università degli Studi di Milano. His research experience spans a varied range of topics, mainly in the field of Spanish and Latin American Studies (processes of social and cultural change among Indian populations, religious movements, immigration processes and policies and Latin American supranational integration) with fieldwork research in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, Brazil and Spain. Professor Ullán de la Rosa was a visiting professor in the Department of Sociology from 1 September until 31 December 2013.


Binod Khadria

Binod Khadria is Professor of Economics and Education at the Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, and Director of the International Migration and Diaspora Studies (IMDS) Project. He has been a recipient of the prestigious Times Fellowship and the Fulbright Fellowship. His publications include The Migration of Knowledge Workers: Second-generation Effects of India's Brain Drain (Sage, 1999) and several research papers published by ILO, OECD, GCIM, IRD (France), IDE-JETRO (Japan), Harvard International Review and 2010 World Social Science Report. He is Deputy Chair (South Asia) and Regional Coordinator (India) at Asia Pacific Migration Research Network (APMRN), and sits on the Boards of International Network on Migration and Development (INMD), Zacatecas (Mexico); International Geographical Union (IGU); the Metropolis International (Canada); IOM Migration Research and Training Centre (MRTC) in South Korea; IOM’s World Migration Report 2010; Asian and Pacific Migration Journal (Philippines); Journal of South Asian Diaspora (India); Journal of International Migration and Integration (Canada); International Journal of Organizational Studies (Slovenia); Migration Studies (OUP, forthcoming 2013, UK), and Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration (2013, Wiley-Blackwell). He was a nominated member of the International Advisory Committee (IAC) of the 3rd Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Civil Society Days (CSD) held in Athens in November 2009. He launched the annual India Migration Report in 2009 on the sub-theme Past, Present and the Future Outlook (distributed by Cambridge University Press; now in second reprint), and the subsequent volume, India Migration Report 2010-2011: The Americas has been published by Cambridge University Press, New York (2012). Recently, he received the Indian TV news channel Headlines Today’s National Education Leadership Award for 2012. Professor Khadria was a visiting professor in the Department of Sociology from February until April 2013.


Dinara Yessimova

Dinara Yessimova is a member of the faculty (Docent) at the Eurasian National University (L.N. Gumiliov), Astana, Kazakhstan (Department of Psychology and Social Work, Faculty of Social Science) where her teaching includes courses on social policy, modern paradigms in urban studies, social prediction and design in social work, and social systems of society. From 2011-2012 she was Head of the Education Quality Assessment Department of the Eurasian National University, Astana. Dr Yessimova obtained her Master’s degree in Sociology (2004) and her PhD (2010) from the Kazakh National University (Al Farabi), Almaty. She has been awarded a two year Senior Fellowship (2012 – 2014) by the Higher Educational Support Program of the Open Society Foundation and the Academic Advisory Committee of the Central Asia and Caucasus Research and Training Initiatives (CARTI), Budapest, to carry out a study on 'Middle-age loneliness as a choice? A study of never-married well educated urban Kazakhs'. Dr Yessimova’s main areas of interest include: the sociology of social work, sociology of personality, marginal man in a modern society, social and cultural loneliness in urban space, urban studies, urban and rural development, sociology of knowledge. Dr Yessimova was a visiting scholar in the Department of Sociology from March until May 2013.