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Giulia Liberatore is Lecturer at Sociology and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and an Academic Lead on the Muslims in Europe research theme at the Alwaleed Centre.

She is currently working on an ERC-funded project on Multi-Religious Encounters in Urban Settings with Ammara Maqsood (UCL) and Leslie Fesenmyer (Birmingham). The project will theorise inter-religious interactions in non-secular contexts through comparative ethnographic work in Italy, Pakistan, and Kenya.

Giulia joined the university in 2017 as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow working on a 3-year ethnographic project on female Islamic scholarship and guidance in the UK. She has a PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics (LSE). Her monograph, which is based on her doctoral research, is entitled Somali, Muslim, British: Striving in Securitized Britain (2017) and it chronicles the aspirations of different generations of Somali women as they respond to publicly charged questions of what it means to be Muslim, Somali, and British.

Between 2014-16 Giulia worked at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford.

Education/Academic qualification

Anthropology, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Transforming the self: an ethnography of ethical change amongst young Somali Muslim women in London, London School of Economics and Political Science

Oct 2008Oct 2013

Social Anthropology, Master in Science, MSc Social Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science

Oct 2006Oct 2007

Geography, Bachelor of Arts, Durham University

Oct 2003Oct 2006

External positions

Research Affiliate, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford

1 Jan 20171 Jan 2018

College Research Themes

  • Identities & Inequalities


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