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Daniel Faas


Daniel Faas is Professor in Sociology (full professor) and an elected Board Member at Trinity College Dublin, Convenor/Champion of the university-wide interdisciplinary research theme "Identities in Transformation", and founding Director of the MSc Comparative Social Change (an inter-institutional partnership and joint degree programme with UCD). He has held Visiting Professorships at Universidade de São Paulo, Beijing Foreign Studies University, University of the Philippines Diliman and University College London (Institute of Education). He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge (PhD, MPhil), the University of Stuttgart (MA) and Trinity College Dublin (MA jo).

His research is in the sociology of migration and consists of three interlinked strands: (1) identities and integration, (2) comparative curriculum analyses, as well as (3) religion and schooling in Ireland and Europe. He has published widely on these topics in high-impact peer-reviewed international journals, as well as a sole-authored monograph (Negotiating Political Identities: Multiethnic Schools and Youth in Europe, London: Routledge). In 2015, Professor Faas was elected to Fellowship of Trinity College Dublin in recognition of his scholarship and research achievements and his contributions to College and to the School.

Daniel Faas is winner of the Trinity Global Engagement Award (2016), winner of the Provost's Teaching Award at Trinity College Dublin (2012), and recipient of the 2009 European Sociological Association award for best journal article. Professor Faas was Head of the Department of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin (2012-16), Member of the University Council at Trinity College Dublin (2012-18), and Fulbright-Schuman Fellow at UC Berkeley (2009). He has acted as expert evaluator and panel vice-chair for the European Commission, and numerous national funding organisations across and beyond Europe.

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