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CIJ’s Associated Experts enrich the work of CIJ through their contributions, inputs and advice. Stretching over seven countries, our associated experts are leading lawyers, academics, practitioners, writers, and journalists striving for equality. We pool their expertise, critical perspectives, creativity and extensive experience to protect and promote the rights of those structurally marginalized in our European societies.


Prof. Akwugo Emejulu

Professor of Sociology

University of Warwick


Before entering academia, Akwugo Emejulu worked in a variety of grassroots roles—as a community organiser, a trade union organiser and a participatory action researcher—in both the United States and in the United Kingdom. As a political sociologist, she has research interests in two areas: investigating racial, ethnic, gender, social and economic inequalities in Europe and the United States as well as exploring women of colour’s grassroots organising and activism for social citizenship and social justice.


Dr. Alexander Tischbirek

Research Fellow and Deputy Chairman

Humboldt University Berlin and Büro zur Umsetzung von Gleichbehandlung


Alexander Tischbirek studied law at the Humboldt University of Berlin and at Columbia Law School in New York City. He passed his state examinations in law in Berlin and holds a PhD from Humboldt University. He currently serves as Deputy Chairman of the Büro zur Umsetzung von Gleichbehandlung, a Berlin-based NGO committed to strategic litigation in anti-discrimination law. Alexander Tischbirek is a research fellow at the Institute for Constitutional Law and Philosophy of Law at the Humboldt University of Berlin.


Amandine Gay


France / Canada

Amandine Gay is an Afrofeminist filmmaker, activist, and journalist. Following her 2007 graduation from the Institute of Political Studies in Lyon with a masters in communication, she joined the Conservatory of Dramatic Art in Paris 16. In 2016, she made her directorial debut with Ouvrir La Voix - Speak Up/Make Your Way-, a feature-length documentary on francophone European Black women. She is also a contributor to Slate.fr. Most recently, Amandine Gay authored the preface of the first French translation of bell hooks’ seminal, Ain’t I A Woman. She is currently living in Montreal, completing her second master’s degree in sociology, focusing on transracial adoption.


Dr. Angéla Kóczé

Assistant Professor

Wake Forest University and Central European University


Angéla Kóczé is Visiting Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University, Winston Salem (NC). As of September 2016 she is also Assistant Professor at Central European University, Budapest. Her research focuses on the intersections of gender, ethnicity and class as well as the social and legal inequalities facing the Roma in various European countries. In 2013, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in Washington D.C., honored Kóczé with the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award for her interdisciplinary research approach, which combines community engagement and policy making with in-depth participatory research on the situation of the Roma.


Dr. Cengiz Barskanmaz

Postdotoral Researcher at the department of Law and Anthropology

Max Planck Institute


Cengiz Barskanmaz is a legal scholar dedicated to “law in action”, with a transnational and interdisciplinary approach to law. In his dissertation “Law and Racism: A Race Critical Analysis of Human Rights Protections” (forthcoming), he examined the level of protection in international and national non-discrimination law against various forms of racial discrimination and hate speech. As a founding member of Critical Race Theory Europe, he is at the forefront of developing Critical Race Theory network beyond the U.S. He hosted the first Symposium on Critical Race Theory Europe at the Humboldt University Berlin in 2012.


Clémence Zamora Cruz

LGBTQI* Rights Activist

Transgender Europe TGEU


When she was young, Clémence Zamora Cruz experienced violence and rejection because she was a trans child. She lived for several months on the streets when she was 15 years old. She then realized that her fight for her basic rights was a collective affair, and she became aware of discrimination against other minorities. Since her teens, she fights on the ground with an intersectional approach against discrimination based on racism, sexual orientation and gender identity. In France, she has held various positions in leading LGBT organisations. Currently she is the Inter-LGBT spokesperson and member of Steering Committee of Transgender Europe. She is a transfeminist activist and a teacher.


Elisa Rojas

Disability Rights Advocate

Collectif Lutte et Handicaps pour l'Egalité et l'Emancipation (CLHEE)


Elisa Rojas, Lawyer at the Bar Association of Paris, co-founded the Collectif Lutte et Handicaps pour l’Egalité et l’Emancipation (CLHEE), a collective promoting equality, emancipatory politics and an intersectional approach in the disability rights movement. She became well-known in 2004 with an open letter published in Le Monde where she challenged the media representations of disability and criticized the highly-broadcasted fundraising event Le Téléthon. In her blog “Aux Marches Du Palais”, she advocates for the better accessibility of public spaces for wheelchair users and calls attention to the ways in which the representations of disability by society and the media negatively impact on the policies and laws affecting them.


Prof. Encarnacion Gutierrez Rodriguez

Chair Professor of General Sociology at the Institute of Sociology

Justus-Liebig University


Encarnación Gutierrez Rodriguez studied Sociology, Political Sciences and Romance Studies (Francophone and Latin American Studies) at the University of Frankfurt, Germany, and Université Lumière II, Lyon and Quito, Ecuador. Previously she worked as Senior Lecturer in Transcultural Studies in the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies Department at the University of Manchester, UK. She also worked as Assistant Professor in Sociology in the Institute of Sociology at the University of Hamburg. Her research focuses in particular on racism in relation to migration and asylum, coloniality of labor in regard to reproductive labour (housework), affect and value, and the creolization of Europe.


Prof. Fatima El-Tayeb

Professor of Literature and Ethnic Studies

University of California San Diego


Fatima El-Tayeb is Professor of Literature and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Her work deconstructs structural racism in “colorblind” Europe and centers strategies of resistance among racialized communities, especially those that politicize culture through an intersectional, queer practice. She is the author of three books and numerous articles on the interactions of race, gender, sexuality, and nation. Before moving to the US, she was active in black feminist, migrant, and queer of color organisations in Germany and the Netherlands. She is a board member of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association and was one of the co-founders of the Black European Studies Project.


Hanane Karimi

PhD candidate

University of Strasbourg


Hanane Karimi is a PhD candidate at Dynamiques Européennes laboratory at the University of Strasbourg. Her research focuses on the agency of Muslim women in France through the social and political context of the enforcement of laïcité and in particular the law of 15 March 2004. She analyses the consequences of this law through the lives of those women, focusing on the economic, political and religious spheres. Hanane Karimi works on Gender, Islam, Islamophobia and Sexism from an intersectional feminist perspective. She is a consultant in medical ethics regarding transculturalism and health care and also works as a coach in secularism at French High Schools.


Dr. Hannah Tzuberi

Research assistant at the Institute of Jewish Studies

Freie Universität Berlin


Hannah Tzuberi studied Jewish Studies and Islamic Studies in Berlin. Her academic focus was primarily on rabbinic literature and her PhD was devoted to this area of study. Over the past years, she has increasingly felt the need to address subjects, that intersect with her field, but do not yet find much academic echo. She started a blog that deals with questions related to anti-Muslim racism, anti-Semitism and philo-Semitism. It focuses on the genealogy of different kinds of “figures” and discursive formations that currently structure much of the public debate on the way statehood citizenship and belonging are negotiated.


Prof. Hourya Bentouhami

Associate Professor

Université Toulouse II


Hourya Bentouhami has published extensively on postcolonial perspectives in feminism and political theory (on identity, culture, recognition, memory of slavery, restorative justice). She authored “Le dépôt des armes. Non-violence et désobéissance civile”; and “Race, cultures, identités. Une approche féministe et postcoloniale”. She co-edited with Mathias Möschel, “Critical Race Theory. Une introduction aux textes fondateurs”. She held visiting positions at Columbia University, and was the co-coordinator of the Program on Memory of Slavery in the Americas (Toulouse). She contributes to public debates on veil, migrations, minorities and discriminations, racial visibility, gender, sexism and racism.


Prof. Iman Attia

Professor of Postcolonial and Migration Studies

Alice Salomon Hochschule of Berlin


Iman Attia has been researching and teaching Racism and Antisemitism since the 1990s, with a particular focus on the interdependency and interrelation of various forms of racism, gender, sexuality, (dis)ability and class, from a historical and interdisciplinary perspective. She is a leading figure in the introduction of anti-Muslim racism in the German academia, and the author of many publications on this topic. Her current work focuses on the interconnection between the various struggles of racialised groups and the handling of racism in education.


Prof. Iyiola Solanke

Professor of EU Law and Social Justice at the

University of Leeds


Iyiola Solanke is Professor in the School of Law at the University of Leeds, where she holds the Chair in EU Law and Social Justice. She is Visiting Professor at Wake Forest University Law School and was Visiting Professor at Science Po, Grenoble in France in early 2017. She has held fellowships at universities around the world in Australia, Canada, USA and the UK. She is also an Associate Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of Inner Temple and founded the Temple North Women’s Forum. She researches and teaches on intersectionality, discrimination law, social movements, EU law and governance, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Her recent book, Discrimination As Stigma: A Theory of Anti-Discrimination Law, was published by Hart in 2017.


Kübra Gümüsay

Journalist and Activist


Kübra Gümüsay is a journalist, public speaker and award winning activist. She has launched several campaigns against racism, sexism and extremism and writes for major German newspapers and magazines such as Die Zeit, Zeit Campus, Taz and many others. As a public speaker, she speaks about internet, politics, feminism, plurality, racism and Islam. Starting her column at Taz in 2010, she became the first hijabi columnist in Germany. In 2011 she was listed amongst the “Top 30 under 30” journalists by Medium Magazin. Her blog “Ein Fremdwörterbuch” was nominated for the Grimme Online Award in 2011. In 2012 she was portrayed as one of 50 personalities in the book “50 Jahre 50 Menschen” for the 50th anniversary of German-Turkish migration.


Dr. Lana Sirri

Assistant Professor

Maastricht University


Lana Sirri is a Palestinian scholar-activist. She studied social science at Tel Aviv University and followed a career as Women’s Projects Coordinator in Yaffa. She then pursued her MA studies in Germany, and completed her PhD studies at the Centre for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Since August 2016 she is Assistant Professor of Gender and Religion at the Centre for Gender and Diversity, Maastricht University. Her research lies at the intersection of religion and gender and critically explores Islamic feminist thought, and evaluates Muslim feminist discourses, focusing on the conceptualisation of Religion, Gender and Sexuality.


Prof. Maboula Soumahoro

Associate Pprofessor

University of Tours


Maboula Soumahoro is Associate Professor at the Université de Tours François-Rabelais (France). She has taught at the Paris Institute of Political Science and received her Ph.D. from the University of Tours. Her research focuses on U.S., African American, and Africana studies, and she has held teaching positions at Bard College (Bard Prison Initiative), Barnard College and Columbia University. Based in France, Maboula Soumahoro is president of the Black History Month association. From 2013-2016, she served as an appointed member of the National Committee for the History and Memory of Slavery. In 2016-2017, she is Visiting Faculty at Bennington College and Columbia University-Barnard College.


Dr. Mathias Möschel

Associate Professor

Central European University


Mathias Möschel’s research, teaching and publications fall broadly in the field of comparative (constitutional) law, international human rights law and non-discrimination law, mainly from a critical race theory and gender perspective. Mathias Möschel is currently teaching at Central European University (Budapest, Hungary) and prior to that held research and teaching positions at University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense, New York University and at the Institut de Droit Comparé of University of Paris II (Pantheon-Assas).


Dr. Nahed Samour

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Helsinki


Nahed Samour is a postdoctoral researcher at the Eric Castrén Institute of International law and Human Rights, Helsinki University, Junior Faculty at the Harvard Law School, Institute for Global Law and Policy, and pursues her Habilitation at the Humboldt University, Faculty of Law, Berlin. She has studied law and Islamic studies at the universities of Bonn, Birzeit, London (SOAS), Berlin (HU), Harvard, and Damascus, and was doctoral fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt/Main. She clerked at the Court of Appeals in Berlin. Nahed Samour works at the intersection of religion, race and gender on Islamic law, constitutional law, administrative law, and international law.


Prof. Nikita Dhawan

Professor of Political Theory and Gender Studies

University of Innsbruck


Nikita Dhawan is Professor of Political Science, Political Theory and Gender Studies and Director of the Research Platform Gender Studies: “Identities – Discourses – Transformations” at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Her publications include: Impossible Speech: On the Politics of Silence and Violence (2007); Decolonizing Enlightenment: Transnational Justice, Human Rights and Democracy in a Postcolonial World (2014); Global Justice and Desire: Queering Economy (2015); Negotiating Normativity: Postcolonial Appropriations, Contestations and Transformations (2016), Difference that makes no Difference: The Non-Performativity of Intersectionality and Diversity (2017).


Prof. Nivedita Prasad

Professor of Gender-Specific Social Work

Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences in Berlin


Nivedita Prasad studied Social Pedagogy at the Free University of Berlin and completed her PhD at the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg. She has worked on issues of intersectionality long before it was labelled as such as an academic and activist. She is Professor at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences since 2013, where she is very active in the field of Social Work with Refugees. She is also Director of the German Master’s program “Social Work as a Human Rights Profession”. In March 2012 she was awarded the “Anne Klein” Prize for her ongoing dedication to Migrant Women’s Human Rights.


Dr. Noa K. Ha

Coordinator of an International Graduate Program at the Center for Metropolitan Studies

Technische Universität Berlin


Noa K. Ha has a doctoral degree in Architecture from Technical University Berlin and currently coordinates an international graduate program at the Center for Metropolitan Studies, TU Berlin. Her research interrogates the production of urban space from a feminist, de-colonial, critical race theory perspective. She is currently conducting a study on postcolonial urbanism in Europe and the spatial production of Asian diasporas in European cities. Noa K. Ha is on the board of “Migrationsrat Berlin e.V.” and an active member of the Asian German network “Korientation e.V”.


Prof. Nora Markard

Junior Professor of Law

University of Hamburg


Nora Markard is a Junior Professor for Constitutional Law, International Law and Global Constitutionalism at the University of Hamburg. She studied law and international relations in Berlin, Paris and London and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Michigan and at Columbia Law School. Her PhD, on war refugees, was awarded the Humboldt Prize. Her areas of research are German constitutional and international law, refugee and migration law, and legal gender studies. She runs the Refugee Law Clinic Hamburg and co-founded a strategic litigation NGO (Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte, GFF).


Prof. Philomena Essed

Professor of Critical Race, Gender, and Leadership Studies

Graduate School of Leadership and Change, Antioch University


Philomena Essed is Professor of Critical Race, Gender, and Leadership Studies, at Antioch University. She has been globally recognized for her introduction and elaboration of the notions of “everyday racism” and “gendered racism” in 1984 and 1991. Her work focuses on issues of race, gender, social justice, ethics and the elimination of all forms of discrimination. She has been called to testify at The European Parliament, the UN Economic and Social Council, and the Helsinki Commission, among others. She has published extensively in her field and holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam and Honorary Doctorates from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and Umeå University, Sweden.


Dr. Stefanie Boulila

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Goettingen


Stefanie Boulila is a postdoctoral researcher in gender studies at the University of Goettingen (D). She wrote her AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Leeds (UK) in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries as well as in the School of Sociology and Social Policy. She has published in the field of intersectional gender studies, particularly on race in Europe, homophobia discourses as well as gender and the “refugee crisis”. In 2017, Stefanie was elected to the board of ATGENDER, the European Association for Gender Research, Education and Documentation. She is currently working on her first monograph entitled “Race in Post-racial Europe: An Intersectional Analysis”.


Prof. Sumi Cho

Professor of Law

DePaul College of Law


Sumi Cho teaches employment discrimination, education law, critical race theory and feminist jurisprudence at DePaul University. She holds a JD and a PhD in ethnic studies from the University of California at Berkeley and has served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan and University of Iowa law schools. Along with Kimberlé Crenshaw and Leslie McCall, she co-edited of a special 2013 issue of Signs journal on intersectionality. She directs a study abroad program in Berlin, Germany at Humboldt University, which includes a course on “Intersectionality & Human Rights.” Her community-based pedagogy in Berlin and Chicago was recognized with DePaul’s Excellence in Teaching award at the university’s 2017 convocation.


Vanessa Eileen Thompson

Research Associate

Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main


Vanessa Eileen Thompson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Social Sciences at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. She is currently a fellow at the Department of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research and teaching are concerned with black political and feminist theory, black social movements in the Black Atlantic, feminist decolonial/post-colonial theories, and critiques of securitization and abolition democracies. She has written articles on black social movements and racism in France, the relation between post-colonial power and recognition politics, and racial profiling and policing in Europe. Vanessa is a co-founding member of cop-watch ffm.


Dr. Zowie Davy

Senior Lecturer in LGBTQ Research

De Montfort University


Zowie Davy’s work centers on medicolegal constructions of gender and sexuality. She is currently building a consortium of academic and stakeholder researchers to conduct work in the area of LGBTQI sex work migration and health issues. The overarching themes within Zowie’s work are in understanding the medicolegal impact on the lives of LGBTQI people. She has published widely on gender and sexuality issues. She is on the board of directors of International Association for the Study of Sexuality Culture and Society and is the Vice Chair of the European Sociological Association’s Sexuality Research Network. She is also an advisor for the European Professional Association for Transgender Health.


Isidora Randjelović

Project Manager

Feminist romani Archive RomaniPhen Berlin


Isidora Randjelović leads the feminist archive RomaniPhen in Berlin.  Her research interests, teaching, publications and activism focus on racism against Rom*nja and Sinte*zza, forms of romani feminism, movements for social justice, especially movements for residence rights and politics of memory. She is an active member of the IniRromnja, a network of Sinte and Romani women* in Germany, and board member of the newly founded RomaniPhen association and active in the Bundesromaverband (Federal Union of Roma).


Dr. Anna Katharina Mangold

Interim Professor of Public Law and Gender Studies

Humboldt University Berlin


Anna Katharina Mangold has studied law in Freiburg, Berlin, Cambridge/UK and Frankfurt/Main. Her research areas are in EU law, public law, legal philosophy, legal gender studies and legal history. She is Schumpeter Fellow at Goethe-University Frankfurt where she is the principal investigator in a research project on the legitimacy of antidiscrimination law. Her second book develops a democratic legitimation of antidiscrimination and will be published in autumn 2017. Currently, she works as an interim professor at the Chair of Public Law and Gender Studies at Humboldt-University Berlin.


Peggy Piesche

Senior Program Officer for Feminism & Gender Democracy

Gunda Werner Institute of the Heinrich Böll Foundation


Peggy Piesche is a literary and Cultural Studies scholar born and raised in the GDR. She studied in East and West Germany as well as Russia. She taught in the Netherlands, the USA and German and her research areas include Whiteness Studies, Black Feminist Studies, Diaspora and Translocality, and the Performativity of Memory cultures (Spatiality and Coloniality of Memories). Articles on these subjects appeared in several journals and edited volumes. She is an activist and board member of both ADEFRA (Black Women in Germany) and ASWAD (Association of the Worldwide Study of the African Diaspora) and an activist-scholar in and to the Black community in Germany.


Rym Khadhraoui

Human Rights Lawyer


Rym Khadhraoui is a human rights lawyer admitted to the N.Y. bar who grew up in France with Algerian and Tunisian origins. As a Fulbright scholar, she graduated from Duke Law School where she wrote a paper on race in French institutions. She was also a Global Human Rights Scholar at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, writing comparative analytical pieces on racial justice in France and the U.S. Her legal studies in France were focused on public international law and in Lebanon she studied political science in the Arab world. Completing her studies, massive changes were sparking in Tunisia moving her to work with Oxfam there where she gained experience in policy, advocacy and coalition building.


Sultan Doughan

PhD Candidate

Berkeley University of California


Sultan Doughan is a socio-cultural anthropologist working on the questions of citizenship, religious difference and race in contemporary Germany. She locates her questions practically in the field of civic education, as this is a field governed and funded by the German state to combat “Islamic extremism.” Doughan’s intellectual home is the emerging field of anthropology of secularism that she combines with a phenomenological understanding of language and experience. Her approach to the study of secularism is informed and shaped by an intersectional lens that regards minority bodies as inscribed by various layers of state regulation, public discourse and social practices of civic personhood.


Dr. Zülfukar Çetin

Research Associate

University of Basel


Zülfukar Çetin is a lecturer at the Alice-Salomon-University, Berlin in the field of social work, and he works at the University of Basel in a research project on HIV / AIDS activism and politics in Turkey. From 2014 to 2015 he worked on his postdoctoral project, The Dynamics of the Queer Movement in Turkey, before and during the conservative AKP government, as a Mercator IPC Fellow at the Science and Politics Foundation. Together with Savaş Taş, he published the anthology Talks On Racism - Perspectives and Resistances in 2015, and in 2016, together with Heinz-Jürgen Voß, he published the book Gay Visibility, Gay Identity – Critical Perspectives.