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Dr. James Carr


Dr James Carr teaches and researches at the Department of Sociology in the University of Limerick. In 2010 he was awarded a three year scholarship from the Irish Research Council to engage in research into racism directed towards Muslim communities in Ireland. He is a well-known speaker on the topics of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim racism in Ireland. Building on previous publications, in 2016, James published his book Experiences of Islamophobia: Living with racism in the neoliberal era (London and New York: Routledge) which focused on anti-Muslim racism in Ireland set to the international context. James has also recently undertaken and published research with the Immigrant Council of Ireland, supported by the Open Society Foundations, entitled ‘Islamophobia in Dublin: Experiences and how to respond'. James is also a co-editor on the recently published Public and Political Discourses of Migration, London: Rowman and Littlefield. James also contributes on Ireland for the Yearbook of Muslims in Europe (Leiden: Brill) and the European Islamophobia Report.

Research Interests

My research interests include 'race', racisms and in particular anti-Muslim racism; issues of intersectionality; masculinity studies; hate crime; political economy and social exclusion. In terms of methodological skills, I am trained in both quantitative and qualitative research methods of data collection and analysis. I have a partiuclar interest in mixed methods approach to research although the majority of my work to date has used qualitative research approaches. I am experienced in using NVivo Qualitative Analytic software as well as SPSS and Stata packages for quantitative statistical analysis.

Professional Activities


  • 2015 Sociological Association of Ireland, Executive Committee,


  • 2010 - Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholar
  • 2010 - Advanced Scholar Award - University of Limerick
  • 2008 - Exceptional Q.C.A Recognition


Book Chapter


Racist Hate Crime and Conceptions of Irish Homogeneity
James Carr
Critical Perspectives on Hate Crime


Opportunities for Resistance through Discourse
Haynes, A., Power, M.J., Devereux, E., Dillane, A. and James Carr
Public and Political Discourses of Migration


James Carr
Yearbook of Muslims in Europe


Muslim communities in Ireland and the Irish gaze
James Carr
Instances of Islamophobia: Demonising the Muslim ‘Other'


'Media Discourses of ‘those blonde Roma children' in Ireland'
James Carr, Aileen Marron, Annemarie Joyce, Martin J. Power, Amanda Haynes, Michael Breen, Eoin Devereux
Public and Political Discourses of Migration


Communicating ‘Truth': Challenging Islamophobia
James Carr
Communication: Breakdowns and Breakthroughs

Edited Book


Other Journal


'Regulating Islamophobia: The Need for Collecting Disaggregated Data on Racism in Ireland'
James Carr
Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs; Speical Issue on Islam in Ireland DOI: 10.1080/13602004.2011.630863

Peer Reviewed Journal


Hate Crime: An overview of the significance and relevance to Irish Sociology
James Carr, Amanda Haynes and Jennifer Schweppe
Social Studies-Irish Journal Of Sociology


What (if anything) do we want from Hate Crime Legislation?
Jennifer Schweppe, Amanda Haynes and James Carr
The Irish Law Times

Published Report