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Montserrat Guibernau

Dr Montserrat Guibernau, PhD Cantab. Visiting Professor Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona 2017-2018


Montserrat Guibernau is Visiting Fellow at Magdalen College Oxford. She is also affiliated to the Forum on Geopolitics at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) University of Cambridge. She received a PhD in Social and Political Theory from King’s College, University of Cambridge in 1993 and a BA Honors in Philosophy from the University of Barcelona in 1994.

Brief CV

Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London, 2005-2016. Reader in Politics at the Open University 2002, Senior Lecturer in Politics at the Open University 2000, Senior Lecturer in Politics at the Open University 1998. At the University of Warwick, Montserrat was ESRC Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations 1994, and Senior Research Fellow 1994-1996.

Research Interests

 Her current research focuses upon two interrelated topics within the field of Political Sociology: the study of global transformations shaping the construction and expression of nationalism, migration and national identity, and the analysis of national and ethnic diversity within the European Union and North America. Her concerns relate both to cultural issues of identity and political mobilization -including the rise of populism and the resurgence of authoritarian regimes in the West- as well as political questions connected to emerging governance mechanisms and models. She has engaged in empirical research in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Catalonia, Quebec, the Veneto, Austria, Norway and most recently, Greece. She has just completed a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship to research ‘Identity, Emotions and Political Mobilization’ examining the rise of euro-skepticism and secessionism in the EU as markers of significant political and social transformations worldwide.


Selected Books: single author

(2013) Belonging: Solidarity and Division in Modern Societies. (Polity Press: Cambridge) 225 pages. ISBN 978-0-7456-5507-9ppb, 978-0-7456-5506-2hb.

(2009) For a Cosmopolitan Catalanism (Winner of the 2009 Eines Prize) (Angle Editorial Press, Barcelona) 123 pages. ISBN-978-84-927-5824-1.

(2007) The Identity of Nations (Polity Press: Cambridge) 235 pages. ISBN-13: 978-07456-2662-8 (hb), ISBN-13: 978-07456-2663-5 (pb).

(2004) Catalan Nationalism: Francoism, Transition and Democracy (Routledge: London) 208 pages. ISBN: 0-415-32240-5 (hc).

(1999) Nations without States: Political Communities in a Global Age (Polity Press) 216 pages. ISBN: 0-7456-1800-6 (hc), ISBN: 0-7456-1801-4 (pbk). (Winner of the 1998 Trias Fargas Catalan Social Sciences Prize)

(1996) Nationalisms: The Nation-State and Nationalism in the Twentieth Century (Polity Press) 174 pages. ISBN: 0-7456-1401-9 (hc), ISBN: 0-7456-1402-7 (pbk).

(Guibernau’s major works have been translated into, Catalan, Chinese, Hungarian, Korean, Portugese, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian).

Selected Edited volumes:

(2010) The Ethnicity Reader Second Edition (Polity Press: Cambridge) 391 pages. ISBN-13:978-0-7456-4701-2, 13:978-0-7456-4702-9 (eds.) with John Rex. (First edition 1997).

(2006) Governing Europe: The Developing Agenda (Open University Press) 150 pages. ISBN: 0-7492-6829-8 (ed.)

(2003) The Conditions of Diversity in Multinational Democracies (IRPP-McGill University Press, Montreal, Canada) 352 pages. ISBN: 0886-45-202-3. (eds.) with Alain Gagnon and François Rocher.

(2001) Governing European Diversity (Sage: London) (editor). 293 pages. ISBN: 0-7619-5464 3(hbk); 0-7619-5465 1 (pbk).

(2001) Understanding Nationalism (Polity Press) 284 pages. ISBN: 0-7456-2401-4 (hc), ISBN: 0-7456-2402-2 (pbk). (eds.) with John Hutchinson.

(2001) Governing European Diversity (Sage: London) (editor). 293 pages. ISBN: 0-7619-5464 3; 0-7619-5465 1. (ed.)

Selected Journal Articles: Refereed

(2015) Guibernau, M. ‘Self-Determination in the 21st Century’ Ethnopolitics: Formerly Global Review of Ethnopolitics, 14:5, 540-546, DOI:10.1080/17449057.2015.1051814.

(2014) Guibernau, M. ‘Catalan Secessionism: Young people’s expectations and political change’, The International Spectator: Italian Journal of International Affairs, 49:3, 106-117, DOI:

(2013) Guibernau, M. ‘Prospects for an independent Catalonia’, International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society (IJCPS) New York, Springer. DOI 10.1007/s10767-013-9165-4.

(2013) The refereed journal Ethnopolitics organized a Symposium around my paper ‘Catalan Secessionism: After Democracy’, Vol 12, 4, November 2013 ISSN:1744-9056.

(2011) ‘The Birth of a United Europe: On why the EU has generated a ‘non emotional’ Identity’, Nations and Nationalism, vol.17 (2), 2011, pp. 302-315.

(2011) ‘Prospects for a European Identity’, International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society (IJPCS) New York, Springer, vol. 24 (1), 2011, pp. 31-43.

(2007) ‘La géstion de la diversité nationale au Canada, en Espagne et en Grande-Bretagne’, Éthique Publique: Revue Internationale d’Éthique Sociétale et Gouvernementale, Éditions LIBER, Québec, Ca., vol. 9 no. 1 Spring 2007, pp. 56-68. ISSN: 1488-0946.

(2004) ‘Nation formation and national identity’, Revue belge d’histoire contemporaine RBHC/BTNG Belgisch Tijdschrift woor Nieuwste Geschiedenis, no. 34, vol. 4, pp. 657-682. ISSN: 0035-0869.

(2004) ‘A critique of Anthony D. Smith’s theory of nations and national identity’, Nations and Nationalism, vol. 10, part 1/2. pp. 125-142. ISSN: 1354-5078.

(2004) ‘Nations without States: political communities in the global age’, Michigan Journal of International Law, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 1251-1282. ISSN: 1052-2867. ISSN: 1052-2867.

(2000) ‘Intellectuals and nationalism in nations without states: the Catalan case’, Political Studies, vol. 48, no. 5, pp. 989-1005. ISSN: 0032-3217.

Awards, Prizes and Research Grants

2012-2014 Leverhulme Trust Fellowship project: ‘Identity, Emotions and Political Mobilization’.

2009 The EINES Essay Prize (Irla Foundation) on Catalan Studies for a book length manuscript. Title: For a Cosmopolitan Catalanism.

2007-2010 The Westfield Trust. Research project: Religious Diversity and National Identity in Britain and Spain.

2003-2006 Leverhulme Trust Fellowship. Research project: The Impact of Migration on National Identity.

1999-2001 ESRC 'One Europe or Several?' Programme. Research project: Regional Identity and European Citizenship. Co-director. Award reference number L213 25 2031.

1990-93 King's College, Cambridge: PhD studentship.

Invited recent Talks: Keynote Speaker

17-21 February 2016. 31st Annual Norris and Margery Bendetson EPIIC Symposium on ‘Europe in Turmoil’/ Tufts University, Boston, USA. Title: Migration and The future of the European Project.

30th June 2015. Title: Nationhood for Scotland and Catalonia; Threat or opportunity for the EU? The Forum on Geopolitics at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge.

13th March 2015. The University of Newcastle, CSoP event around Montserrat Guibernau’s book: Belonging: Solidarity and Division in Modern Societies, Polity Press, 2013. Title: Belonging: The Necessary Ambiguity of Symbols.

16th March 2015. The British Library, Conference Centre, Bronte Room, London. Title: ‘Prospects for an independent Catalonia’.

24th September 2014, British Academy. Title: Immigration and the Making of British Identity.

11-13th June 2014, States, Peoples, Languages: A Comparative Political History of Ukrainian, 1863-2013. Title: Francoism: Portrait of a Dictatorship, CGIS, Harvard University.

27-29th April 2014, Self-Determination in 21st Century. A Double Edged Word? Title: The Consequences of Democracy: On Catalonia’s self-determination. Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, LISD/WWS, Princeton University.

Montserrat is a Member of the Management Council at the Canada Blanch Centre on Contemporary Spain, London School of Economics. She has taught, researched and supervised graduate students at Queen Mary, the University of Warwick, the University of Barcelona and the Open University. Montserrat has held visiting positions at the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada, the University of Tampere, Finland, the Austrian Academy of Social Sciences, Austria, the London School of Economics and the University of Cambridge. The most recent award, 2012-2014 Leverhulme Research Fellowship: ‘Identity, Emotions and Political Mobilization’.

Full CV on request.

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