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Sarah Hackett

Personal statement

Sarah Hackett is Professor of Modern European History. She is a historian of post-1945 European immigration history, and of Muslim migration to Britain and Germany in particular. She joined Bath Spa University in 2013 having previously taught at the University of Sunderland. She has also been a visiting lecturer at the University of Southern Denmark, the University of Bergen, and the University of Malta. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and she leads Bath Spa’s interdisciplinary Global Citizenship and Identities research group.

Her first book, Foreigners, Minorities and Integration: The Muslim Immigrant Experience in Britain and Germany (Manchester University Press, 2013), was the first historical comparative study of post-war city-level Muslim migrant communities in Britain and Germany. Drawing upon the city case studies of Newcastle upon Tyne and Bremen, it examined the impact that Britain and Germany’s national-level immigration policies and frameworks have had on migration, integration and diversity policies, and the integration of Muslim migrant communities, at the local level during the post-1960s period.

Her forthcoming monograph, Britain’s Rural Muslims: Rethinking Integration (Manchester University Press, forthcoming: 2020) offers an assessment of Muslim migrant integration in post-1960s rural Britain. It uses the county of Wiltshire as a case study, and delivers an unprecedented insight into some of Britain’s more rural migration policies and Muslim migrant communities, both of which have remained largely invisible despite their robustness, diversity and vibrancy. It draws upon a vast amount of primary material, including local government documentation and oral history interviews.

Prof. Hackett’s 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 is currently carrying out research in Bristol as part of a project on immigrant integration policies in European cities, 1940s-1970s, which is funded by a Jan Wallanders och Tom Hedelius stiftelse grant and on which she works with historians at the universities of Leiden and Malmö.

Prof. Hackett welcomes enquiries from prospective postgraduates working on European immigration histories, the history of race and racism, and Islam and Muslim migrant communities in Europe.

Current scholarship

Prof. Hackett is currently conducting research on ethnic minorities and local government in Bristol during the post-war period (1940s-1970s). Funded by the Tom Hedelius och Jan Wallanders Stiftelse, this research is part of a wider European project, which focuses on city-level migration policies, practices and strategies in post-war Europe in historical and comparative perspectives. It addresses local authority policy across a range of areas, including employment, housing, education, racism and discrimination, and community and race relations.

She is also co-editing (with Dr. Brian Shaev, Leiden University) a Journal of Migration History special issue on the topic of municipal policies and practices in the area of migrant integration in post-war Europe from historical perspectives; as well as working on a number of articles on migration and Muslim communities in rural Britain.

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 - Royal Historical Society

Other external roles

Prof. Hackett is a member of the Journal of Migration History’s editorial board; is a Chair of the European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC) Ethnicity and Migration network; and is both a Senior Commentator at the annual European Graduate School for Training in Economic and Social Historical Research (ESTER) Research Design Course and an ESTER Board Member.

During 2016-2019, she worked on an Erasmus+ project aimed at developing the Uzbek higher education system in line with economic and social changes in the country. She has also served as an academic advisor for the Destination Tyneside gallery at Newcastle upon Tyne’s Discovery Museum.

She regularly acts as a reviewer for academic publishers, journals and funding bodies, and plays a role in the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP) for History. She has served as external examiner for undergraduate History programmes at the universities of Malta (2016-2018), York (2017-) and Sunderland (2019-), and has examined a number of PhD’s, including at the universities of De Montfort and York.

Teaching specialism

  • Migrant communities and Islam in Europe
  • Europe's immigration history
  • Twentieth-century Europe

Research and academic outputs

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Rethinking Muslim integration in Britain: a rural perspective
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Hackett, S (2020) Rethinking Muslim integration in Britain: a rural perspective. Manchester University Press, Manchester. (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


Learning from history: city governance of migration and diversity in Britain and Germany
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Hackett, S (2018) 'Learning from history: city governance of migration and diversity in Britain and Germany.' In: Scholten, P, Caponio, T and Zapata-Barrero, R, eds. Routledge handbook on the governance of migration and diversity in cities. Routledge, London. ISBN 9781351108461


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


“Breaking point”? Brexit, the burkini ban, and debates on immigration and minorities in Britain and France
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Hackett, S (2018) '“Breaking point”? Brexit, the burkini ban, and debates on immigration and minorities in Britain and France.' European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online, 15 (1). pp. 169-181. ISSN 1570-7865


Continuity and change in local immigrant policies in times of austerity
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Schiller, M and Hackett, S (2018) 'Continuity and change in local immigrant policies in times of austerity.' Comparative Migration Studies, 6 (2). ISSN 2214-594X


The 'local turn' in historical perspective: two city case studies in Britain & Germany
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Hackett, S (2017) 'The 'local turn' in historical perspective: two city case studies in Britain & Germany.' International Review of Administrative Sciences, 83 (2). pp. 340-357. 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


Rethinking Muslim integration in Britain: a rural perspective
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Hackett, S (2018) Rethinking Muslim integration in Britain: a rural perspective. In: European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC), 4 - 7 April 2018, Queen's University, Belfast.


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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