Head of the Hungarian Research Team
Jon completed his PhD in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2003. After a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (University of California, San Diego), he took up his current post as a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Bristol.
His main areas of research are in nationalism, ethnicity, and international migration. With each topic, he shares an interest in the ways in which ordinary people reproduce ethnic, national, and racialised forms of collective belonging in their everyday lives. Whilst appreciating the important role politics, culture, and the economy play in shaping social identities, Jon’s research pays special attention to the ways such identities are also the practical accomplishments of ordinary people engaging in routine activities. His research to date has examined these issues in Hungary and Romania.
At present he is leading an ESRC funded project entitled ‘Hungarian and Romanian migrant workers in the UK: Racism without racial difference?’
Recent publications include:
‘Everyday nationhood’, with Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Ethnicities, vol. 8, no. 4, (2008), pp. 536-63
‘Defining nations in Asia and Europe: A comparative analysis of ethnic migration policy’, with John Skrentny, Stephanie Chan, and Denis Kim, International Migration Review, vol. 41, no. 4 (2007), pp. 793-825
‘From national inclusion to economic exclusion: ethnic Hungarian labour migration to Hungary’, Nations and Nationalism, vol. 13, no. 1 (2007), pp. 77-96 (winner, Nations and Nationalism Prize, Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism, 2006)
Nationalist Politics and Everyday Ethnicity in a TransylvanianTown, with Rogers Brubaker, Margit Feischmidt, and Liana Grancea, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006