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Sarah Hackett

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Personal statement

Sarah Hackett is Reader in Modern European History. Her research interests focus upon European Muslim immigration in the post-1945 era, particularly to Britain and Germany. Her book ('Foreigners, Minorities and Integration: The Muslim Immigrant Experience in Britain and Germany', Manchester University Press, 2013) examines the impact that Britain's relatively liberal immigration policy and Germany's rigid guest-worker rotation phenomenon have had on the long-term integration of Muslim immigrants at a local level. It looks specifically at the sectors of employment, housing and education, offers a re-assessment of the term 'integration' and questions the notion that Islam has played an overwhelming role in ethnic minorities' experiences. Her other research interests include European city-level migration and integration policies, migration and religion, and Islam in Europe in historical perspective.

Dr. Hackett joined Bath Spa University in 2013 having previously taught at the University of Sunderland. During February 2014, she was a visiting lecturer at the University of Southern Denmark's Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies. During March 2015, she was a visiting lecturer at the University of Bergen's Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion. During April 2016, she was a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta's History Department.

Her research has been funded by the German Historical Institute in London (GHIL) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). She also held a Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Durham.

She acts as an editor for the Journal of Migration History. She is a member of Bath Spa University's 'Ethnicity, Religion and Identities' research group.

She is happy to supervise research students working on any aspect of modern European immigration history, including immigration policies, integration and Islam in Europe.

Academic qualifications

  • BA(Hons) University of Durham
  • MA University of Durham
  • PhD University of Durham
  • FRHistS Royal Historical Society

Professional memberships

  • Council for European Studies Immigration Research Network
  • Muslims in Britain Research Network
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Other external roles

She has acted as a reviewer for academic journals, publishers and funding bodies (including International Migration Review, Continuum, Routledge and the Nuffield Foundation)

She served as an academic advisor for the North of England Refugee Service (NERS) (2010-11) as well as for an exhibition on immigration at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne (2011-13)

She has also written a number of short online pieces:

  • 'Muslims in Britain: Aren’t We Forgetting Something?', North American Conference on British Studies blog, February 2015
  • 'Anti-Islam Group Pegida Makes its UK Debut – But Why Choose Newcastle?', The Conversation, February 2015
  • 'Favouring Christian over Muslim Refugees is Bad for Everyone', The Conversation, September 2015
  • 'Muslims, Foreignness and the ‘Integration’ Debate', MuslimWise (a blog of the Centre of Islamic Studies at SOAS), January 2016
  • 'London’s Muslim Mayor: the Politics of Progress, Division and Hope', MuslimWise (a blog of the Centre of Islamic Studies at SOAS), May 2016

Teaching specialism

  • Ethnic minorities and Islam in Europe
  • Europe's immigration history
  • Twentieth century Europe

Current scholarship

Dr. Hackett is currently working on a number of projects, which address Muslims in Western Europe in historical perspective; city-level migration policies in post-1960s Britain in times of political and economic crisis; and city-level migration policies within a multi-level governance framework.

More specifically, she is working on a book provisionally entitled "Rethinking Muslim Integration in Britain: A Rural Perspective" (to be published by Manchester University Press), which examines the previously unexplored relationship between Muslim migrant integration and rural Britain by using the county of Wiltshire in the South West of England as a case study. She is also co-editing (with Iftikhar Malik) a collection entitled "Muslims and Western Europe in the Modern Era: Contemporary Debates in Historical Perspective" (to be published by Bloomsbury), and (with Maria Schiller) a special issue (for Comparative Migration Studies) on city-level immigrant policies in times of economic crisis.

Research and academic outputs

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Rethinking Muslim integration in Britain: a rural perspective
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Hackett, S (2019) Rethinking Muslim integration in Britain: a rural perspective. Manchester University Press, Manchester. (Forthcoming)


Muslims and Western Europe in the modern era: contemporary debates in historical perspective
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Hackett, S and Malik, I.H, eds. (2018) Muslims and Western Europe in the modern era: contemporary debates in historical perspective. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9781474291941 (Forthcoming)


Postcolonialism and Islam: theory, literature, culture, society and film
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Nash, G, Kerr-Koch, K and Hackett, S, eds. (2013) Postcolonialism and Islam: theory, literature, culture, society and film. Routledge. ISBN 9780415710572


Foreigners, minorities and integration: the Muslim immigrant experience in Britain and Germany
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Hackett, S (2013) Foreigners, minorities and integration: the Muslim immigrant experience in Britain and Germany. Manchester University Press, Manchester. ISBN 9780719083174


The politics of race and immigration in Britain since 1945: an assessment of national and transnational influences
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Hackett, S (2016) 'The politics of race and immigration in Britain since 1945: an assessment of national and transnational influences.' In: Kostner, S, ed. Migration und Integration: Akzeptanz und Widerstand im transnationalen Nationalstaat: Deutsche und internationale Perspektiven. LIT Verlag, Berlin, pp. 161-181. ISBN 9783643118769


Introduction
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Hackett, S (2013) 'Introduction.' In: Hackett, S, Nash, G and Kerr Koch, K, eds. Postcolonialism and Islam: theory, literature, culture, society and film. Islamic Studies Series . Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 1-14. ISBN 9780415710572


Integration in kommunalen raum: Bremen und Newcastle im Vergleich
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Hackett, S (2012) 'Integration in kommunalen raum: Bremen und Newcastle im Vergleich.' In: Oltmer, J, Kreienbrink, A and Sanz Díaz, C, eds. Das "Gastarbeiter"-System: Arbeitsmigration und ihre Folgen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und Westeuropa. Oldenbourg, Munich, pp. 247-259. ISBN 9783486709469


A learning curve: the education of immigrants in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Bremen from the 1960s to the 1980s
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Hackett, S (2012) 'A learning curve: the education of immigrants in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Bremen from the 1960s to the 1980s.' In: Bekerman, Z and Geisen, T, eds. International handbook of migration, minorities and education: understanding cultural and social differences in processes of learning. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 349-364. ISBN 9789400714663


Peering around the “velvet curtain of culture”: the employment and housing of Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s Muslim immigrants, 1960s-1990s
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Hackett, S (2011) 'Peering around the “velvet curtain of culture”: the employment and housing of Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s Muslim immigrants, 1960s-1990s.' In: MacLean, G, ed. Britain and the Muslim World: Historical Perspectives. Cambridge Scholars Press, Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 222-237. ISBN 9781443825900


The 'local turn' in historical perspective: two city case studies in Britain & Germany
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Hackett, S (2015) 'The 'local turn' in historical perspective: two city case studies in Britain & Germany.' International Review of Administrative Sciences. ISSN 1461-7226


Editorial - At the start of the Journal of Migration History
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Hackett, S, Schrover, M, Glynn, I, Gronberg, P-O, Rygiel, P, Stola, D and Yu, H (2015) 'Editorial - At the start of the Journal of Migration History.' Journal of Migration History, 1 (1). pp. 1-6. ISSN 2351-9916


Turkish Muslims in a German city: entrepreneurial and residential self-determination
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Hackett, S (2015) 'Turkish Muslims in a German city: entrepreneurial and residential self-determination.' Migration Letters, 12 (1). pp. 1-13. ISSN 1741-8984


From rags to restaurants: self-determination, entrepreneurship and integration amongst Muslim immigrants in Newcastle upon Tyne in comparative perspective, 1960s–1990s
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Hackett, S (2014) 'From rags to restaurants: self-determination, entrepreneurship and integration amongst Muslim immigrants in Newcastle upon Tyne in comparative perspective, 1960s–1990s.' Twentieth Century British History, 25 (1). pp. 132-154. ISSN 0955-2359


The Asian of the north: immigrant experiences and the importance of regional identity in Newcastle upon Tyne during the 1980s
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Hackett, S (2009) 'The Asian of the north: immigrant experiences and the importance of regional identity in Newcastle upon Tyne during the 1980s.' Northern History, 46 (2). pp. 293-311. ISSN 0078-172X


Breaking point: Brexit, immigration and the Pandora's box of racism and intolerance in the UK
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Hackett, S (2017) Breaking point: Brexit, immigration and the Pandora's box of racism and intolerance in the UK. In: Lecture Series, 24 January 2017, Pädagogische Hochschule, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany.


Migration policies and manifestations of urban belonging: examples from Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom
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Hackett, S (2017) Migration policies and manifestations of urban belonging: examples from Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. In: Urban Belonging: History and the Power of Place, 13 - 14 January 2017, Institute of Historical Research, London, UK.


Learning from history: city governance of migration and diversity in Britain and Germany
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Hackett, S (2016) Learning from history: city governance of migration and diversity in Britain and Germany. In: 13th IMISCOE Annual Conference, 30 June - 2 July 2016, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.


City-level migration, integration and diversity policies in times of economic crisis in post-1960s Britain
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Hackett, S (2016) City-level migration, integration and diversity policies in times of economic crisis in post-1960s Britain. In: European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC), 30 March -2 April 2016, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain.


Muslim integration in post-1945 Britain and Germany: historical perspectives, contemporary considerations
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Hackett, S (2016) Muslim integration in post-1945 Britain and Germany: historical perspectives, contemporary considerations. In: Public Lecture Series: Refugees, Migration, Integration, 4-10 February, 2016, Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Leicester, UK.


City-level migration, integration and diversity policies in times of economic crisis in post-1970s Britain & Germany
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Hackett, S (2015) City-level migration, integration and diversity policies in times of economic crisis in post-1970s Britain & Germany. In: Migrants in the City: New Dynamics of Migration in Urban Settings, 12-13 October 2015, Culter's Hall, Sheffield, UK.


Crises and contradictions: migration policies in post-1960s Britain
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Hackett, S (2015) Crises and contradictions: migration policies in post-1960s Britain. In: 22nd International Conference of Europeanists: Contradictions: Envisioning European Futures, 8-10 July 2015, Sciences Po, Paris, France.


New minorities, new modalities: non-territorial autonomy and Western European diversity management regimes
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Hackett, S (2015) New minorities, new modalities: non-territorial autonomy and Western European diversity management regimes. In: New Modalities for Democratic Autonomy for Minorities that do not entail Dismembering States: the Case of the Republic of Turkey, 15-18 May 2015, Ankara, Turkey.


City-level migration, integration and diversity policies in times of crisis in post-1960s Britain
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Hackett, S (2015) City-level migration, integration and diversity policies in times of crisis in post-1960s Britain. In: Guest Lecture Series for University of Bergen's Research Group for Transnational History and Cultural Encounters, 1850-Present, 3 March 2015, University of Bergen, Norway.


Theorizing the local politics of diversity in times of crisis
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Hackett, S (2014) Theorizing the local politics of diversity in times of crisis. In: International Metropolis Conference, 3-7 November 2014, Milan, Italy.


Turkish Muslims in a German city: entrepreneurialism, residential self-determination and integration in historical perspective
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Hackett, S (2014) Turkish Muslims in a German city: entrepreneurialism, residential self-determination and integration in historical perspective. In: MiReKoc 10th Year Symposium 'Borders, Mobility, Diversity: Old Questions, New Challenges', 20-21 November 2014, Koç University, Istanbul.


Foreigners, minorities and integration: South Asian Muslims in a British city
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Hackett, S (2014) Foreigners, minorities and integration: South Asian Muslims in a British city. In: Foreigners, Minorities and Integration: South Asian Muslims in a British City, 16 September 2014, BRLSI, Bath, UK.


The integration of former guest-worker communities in Bremen: the importance of family and education
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Hackett, S (2014) The integration of former guest-worker communities in Bremen: the importance of family and education. In: European social science history conference, 23 April - 26 April 2014, Vienna.


Turkish Muslims in a German city: entrepreneurial and residential self-determination
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Hackett, S (2014) Turkish Muslims in a German city: entrepreneurial and residential self-determination. In: Turkish migration conference 2014: comparative perspectives and continuities, 30 May - 1 June 2014, Regent's University London.


The ‘local turn’ in historical perspective: multi-level research in Britain and Germany
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Hackett, S (2013) The ‘local turn’ in historical perspective: multi-level research in Britain and Germany. In: Theorizing 'the local turn' in immigrant policies: a multi-level approach, 20 September 2013, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.


Crossing the threshold: identity, integration and multiculturalism in British and German Muslim ethnic minority neighbourhoods
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Hackett, S (2012) Crossing the threshold: identity, integration and multiculturalism in British and German Muslim ethnic minority neighbourhoods. In: Seminar Series Michaelmas 2012: Migration Journeys, 7 June 2012, Seminar Room, Pauling Centre, 58a Banbury Road, Oxford.


Shadow of the suitcase: the education of Muslim immigrant children & youth in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Bremen, c. 1960s-1990s
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Hackett, S (2010) Shadow of the suitcase: the education of Muslim immigrant children & youth in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Bremen, c. 1960s-1990s. In: European social science history conference, 13 April - 16 April 2010, Ghent.


'Taking the gast out of gastarbeiter? The legacy of the guest-worker system on the Turkish community in Bremen', anwerbung, integration und Ruckkehr
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Hackett, S (2010) 'Taking the gast out of gastarbeiter? The legacy of the guest-worker system on the Turkish community in Bremen', anwerbung, integration und Ruckkehr. In: Anwerbung, Integration und Rückkehr. Arbeitsmigranten in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland seit den späten 1950er-Jahren, 29 March - 30 March 2010, Nuremberg.


Employment patterns among Muslim immigrant communities in Newcastle upon Tyne and Bremen
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Hackett, S (2008) Employment patterns among Muslim immigrant communities in Newcastle upon Tyne and Bremen. In: Muslim geographies conference, 4 April - 5 April 2008, University of Liverpool.


Integrated or isolated? the experiences of Muslim immigrants in Bremen c. 1960 to the present
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Hackett, S (2008) Integrated or isolated? the experiences of Muslim immigrants in Bremen c. 1960 to the present. In: Postgraduate student conference, 10 January - 12 January 2008, German Historical Institute, London.


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