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College Photo Name Lentin, Ronit
Main Department Sociology
College Title Associate Professor Part-Time
College Tel +353 1 896 2702
I was born in Haifa and have lived in Ireland since 1969. Prior to completing an MPhil in Women's Studies (1991) and a PhD in Sociology in TCD (1997), I worked as a journalist and writer. Between 2009 and 2012 I was the head of department. In 1997 I established the MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict (formerly the MPhil in Ethnic and Racial Studies) and until 2012 acted as course coordinator. I was coordinator of the Global Networks project in the Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS), and founder member of the Trinity Immigration Initiative, where I focused on migrant-led activism. My research and teaching interests include race critical theory, Israel-Palestine, racism in Ireland, gender and genocide, migrant activism. My latest books include After Optimism? Ireland, Racism and Globalisation (with Robbie McVeigh, 2006), Race and State (with Alana Lentin, 2006/8), Performing Global Networks (with Karen Fricker, 2007), Thinking Palestine (2008), Co-Memory and Melancholia: Israelis Memorialising the Palestinian Nakba (2010) and Migrant Activism and Integration from Below in Ireland (with Elena Moreo, 2012). I have supervised PhDs on race and identity, African Pentacostalism, Bosnian refugee transnationalism, Turkish religious networks, Israel-critical social movements, second generation Palestinian Nakba memorialisation, Protestant churches and migrants in Ireland and Italy, and middle class racism.
Details Date
Member, Advisory Board, AkiDwA: African Women's Network 2006-date
Chair, Coalition against Deportation of Irish Children (CADIC) 2003-4
Member judging panel: Metro Eireann Multicultural Awards 2002-4
Member, executive board, Irish Council for Civil Liberties 2003-5
Member - Anti Deportation Ireland 2012 - date
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
Board member, Zena - Bosnian Women Accessing Education 1998 2000
Member, Advisory group, Higher Education Equality Unit: Ethnic Minorities in Education 1998 2001
Member, women's sub-committee, National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism (NCCRI) 1998 2003
Sociological Association of Ireland 1993 date
Awards and Honours
Award Date
Arts and Social Science Benefaction Fund, TCD 1999-2000
Provost Academic Development Fund , TCD 2001
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
French Fluent Medium Fluent
German Medium Basic Medium
Hebrew Fluent Fluent Fluent
Description of Research Interests
I specialise in researching race and racism, with particular emphasis on race critical theory, racism, Israel/Palestine, gender and genocide, women and war, the sociology of the Holocaust, racism and anti-racism in Ireland, and migrant activism. I am specifically interested in the discursive representation of the 'other' by 'racial states'.
Research Interests
Conflict Contemporary social theory European minority cultures and identities Immigration
Israel-Palestine Migration Multiculturalism Networks
Race and ethnic studies
Research Projects
Summary The study builds on ongoing research and focuses on four key network activities, Ireland’s new religious networks; new migrant media; cultural migrant networks; and migrant advocacy networks. Conducted by a multidisciplinary team, the study uses qualitative ethnographies to map the networking activities by migrants in contemporary Ireland.
Funding Agency Trinity Immigration Initiative
Programme TII research programme
Type of Project
Date from October 2007
Date to September 2010
Person Months 48

Project title PI - Transnational gendered diasporic networks,
Summary This project, which built on my previous study of representations of migrant women, posited new theorisations of migrant women networks as alternative narratives of globalisation. Ethnographic field research with transnational networks of migrant women combined with global network theory to ask new questions on migrant agency in the context of ‘intercultural Ireland’. In December 2005 I organised the ‘Alternative narratives of globalisation? New theorisations of migrant women’s global networks’ conference at the IIIS and have edited a collection of conference papers (
Funding Agency HEA / PRTLI
Programme Global Networks
Type of Project
Date from 1 October 2004
Date to 30 September 2007
Person Months 36

Project title PI - Israeli-Palestinian memory practices
Summary This study builds on my earlier work on Israel Palestine, including the co-edited collection with Prof Nahla Abdo (2002), the special journal issue of Race Traitor on the one-state solution (2005), the edited collection Thinking Palestine (2008)and the monograph Co-memory and Melancholia: Israelis memorialising the Palestinian Nakba (2010).
Funding Agency Institute of International Integration Studies
Programme Global Networks
Type of Project
Date from October 2004
Date to ongoing
Person Months 30

Project title Testimonies of Transnistria
Summary This ongoing project analyses sociologically the gendered nature of testimonies of women from Bukovina, Romania, who survived Transnistria. I received IR1,500 from the Provost Academic Fund to assist in travelling and have published several articled and book chapters.
Funding Agency
Type of Project
Date from 2001-2005
Date to
Person Months

Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Nahla Abdo and Ronit Lentin, Women and the Politics of Military Confrontation: Palestinian and Israeli Gendered Narratives of Dislocation, 2, Oxford and New York, Berghahn Books, 2002, 1 - 324pp
Ronit Lentin, Israel and the Daughters of the Shoah: Reoccupying the Territories of Silence, 1, Oxford and New York, Berghahn Books, 2000, xi - 256pp
Ann Byrne and Ronit Lentin, (Re)searching Women: Feminist Research Methodology in the Social Sciences in Ireland, 1, Dublin, Institute of Public Administration, 2000, 1 - 264pp
Ronit Lentin, Gender and Catastrophe, 1, London, Zed Books, 1997, 1 - 282pp
Non Peer Reviewed
Ronit Lentin and Robbie McVeigh, Racism and Anti-racism in Ireland, 1, Belfast, Beyond the Pale, 2002, 248pp
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