School of Politics and International Relations

Professor Engin Isin, BCP (METU), MA (Waterloo), PhD (Toronto)


Professor in International Politics

Telephone: 020 7882 6910
Room Number: Arts One, Room 2.16
Office Hours: Tuesday 11-12pm & Wednesday 11:30-12:30pm


Engin’s research and teaching focus on doing international politics: the ways in which people constitute themselves as actors or subjects of international politics through performances, movements, and struggles. Engin holds a bachelor's degree from Middle East Technical University (Turkey) and graduate degrees from the Universities of Waterloo (MA) and Toronto (PhD). He developed an early interest in continental philosophy and was educated as an historical sociologist and political sociologist.

Engin is a chief editor of Citizenship Studies and is the editor of a book series Frontiers of the Political with Rowman & Littlefield International.

Engin is based in Mile End and University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) establishing a research community across two institutions on doing international politics especially concerning migration, borders, and citizenship.

Engin was a professor of social science (1996-2002) and Canada Research Chair (2002-2006) at York University, and a professor of politics at The Open University (2007-2016) before joining QMUL in 2017.

Undergraduate Teaching

POL247 Modernity: Theories of State, Economy and Society

Postgraduate Teaching

International Security: War and Peace in a Global Context at the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP). 


Research Interests:

Engin has undertaken historical and political sociological studies of British imperial and colonial practices in Africa, America, Asia and Middle East, Ottoman imperial and colonial practices in Europe and Middle East and North Africa and French colonialism in Quebec, Haiti, and Algeria. He has also conducted historical sociology of citizenship in Canada and Europe.

The driving force in all Engin’s studies has been the tension between imperial, colonial or national designs for conduct of people and how people subvert these designs by performative acts and invent political subjectivities. This is the tension he often explores in how people constitute themselves as international citizens.

Examples of research funding:

Engin’s research projects have received funding by Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and European Research Council (ERC). For a list of these projects visit  


This is a select list. Please visit Engin's blog "The Subject of Politics" for more publications.

Books (2002-)

2002. Being Political: Genealogies of Citizenship. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

2012. Citizens Without Frontiers. London: Bloomsbury. 

and Evelyn S. Ruppert. 2015. Being digital citizens. London: Rowman & Littlefield International.

Edited Books (2013-)

and Michael Saward, eds. 2013. Enacting European Citizenship. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

ed. 2014. Citizenship after Orientalism: An Unfinished Project. London: Routledge.

and Peter Nyers, eds. 2014. Routledge handbook of global citizenship studies. London: Routledge.ed. 2015. 

Citizenship after orientalism: transforming political theory. London: Palgrave.

Chapters (2013-)

2013. "Citizenship after Orientalism: Genealogical Investigations." In Comparative Political Thought: Theorizing Practices, edited by Michael Freeden and Andrew Vincent. London: Routledge.

2013. "Two Regimes of Rights?" In Citizenship and security: the constitution of political being, edited by Xavier Guillaume and Jef Huysmans, 53-74. London: Routledge.

and Michael Saward. 2013. "Questions of European Citizenship." In Enacting European Citizenship, edited by Engin F. Isin and Michael Saward, 1-18. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2013. "Claiming European Citizenship." In Enacting European Citizenship, edited by Engin F. Isin and Michael Saward, 19-46. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2013. "We, the Non-Europeans: Derrida with Said." In Europe After Derrida, edited by Bora Isyar and Agnes Czajka, 108-119. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

2014. "Acts." In Migration: A COMPAS Anthology, edited by Bridget Anderson and Michael Keith. Oxford: COMPAS.

and Peter Nyers. 2014. "Globalizing Citizenship Studies." In Routledge handbook of global citizenship studies, edited by Engin F. Isin and Peter Nyers, 1-11. London: Routledge.

2015. "Citizenship's Empire." In Citizenship after orientalism: transforming political theory, edited by Engin F. Isin, 263-281. London: Palgrave.

2016. "We, the Non-Europeans." In Conflicting Humanities, edited by Rosi Braidotti and Paul Gilroy, 229-244. London: Bloomsbury.

2017. "Enacting International Citizenship." In International Political Sociology: Transversal Lines, edited by Tugba Basaran, Didier Bigo, Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet and R. B. J. Walker, 185-204. London: Routledge.

2017. "Performative Citizenship." In The Oxford handbook of Citizenship, edited by Ayelet Shachar, Rainer Bauböck, Irene Bloemraad and Maarten Vink. Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming).

2017. "Citizenship Studies and the Middle East " In The Crisis of Citizenship in The Arab World, edited by Nils A. Butenschøn and Roel Meijer. Leiden: Brill.

Articles (2009-)

2009. "Citizenship in Flux: The Figure of the Activist Citizen." Subjectivity (29):367-388.

2012. "Citizens Without Nations."  Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 30 (1):450-467.

2012. "Citizenship after orientalism: an unfinished project."  Citizenship Studies 16 (5-6):563-572.

and Evelyn S. Ruppert. 2017. "Citizen Snowden."  International Journal of Communication (IJoC), volume 11 (forthcoming)


Engin has supervised a large number of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers at York University and The Open University. He is now considering proposals from researchers on citizens, migrants, borders, and refugees.  

Public Engagement

Engin has worked with numerous non-governmental organisations, activist groups, galleries, and museums over the years. Most recent of these include Migration Museum Project, Tate Modern, Counterpoints Arts, and ACT REAL.