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    Room: MB734
    Phone:  0121 204 4416
    Email: k.tonkiss@aston.ac.uk


    Katie's research is situated in the field of critical citizenship studies. Her work is primarily concerned with critically interrogating the relationship between citizenship and national identity, with a particular interest in theories of post-nationalism. Her first book, published in 2013, examined national identity and post-national citizenship in the context of intra-EU migration. Since then she has published two edited volumes, Theorising Noncitizenship and Understanding Statelessness, and her research has also appeared in journals including Citizenship Studies, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and Ethnic and Racial Studies. Katie's current research is focused on examining post-national practices of community and resistance in migration rights struggles, and on exploring the intersection of national identity, belonging and diversity in the UK. At the level of theory, Katie's work engages with the radical reconceptualisation of membership.

    Research interests:

    • Citizenship, noncitizenship and national identity
    • Theories of post-nationalism
    • Ethics, practices and policies of migration and citizenship 
    • British immigration and citizenship policy
    • Methodologies which bridge normative theorising and empirical research

    Teaching Activity

    • Migration, Borders and Belonging
    • Critical Debates in Society and Policy
    • Foundations in Qualitative Research (PG)


    • HM Sociology
    • Immigration
    • Citizenship
    • Post-nationalism
    • Identity
    • Belonging
    • Membership


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