New staff member: Dominic Pasura

Issued: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:01:00 BST

Dr Dominic Pasura will be joining the School in August 2015 as a Lecturer in Sociology. His teaching and research interests are in African diasporas, religious transnationalism, migration and development, gender and sexuality and childhood studies. Dominic earned his PhD in Sociology at the University of Warwick, in June 2008, specialising in migration, diaspora and transnationalism. His PhDthesis, a multi-sited ethnography of the Zimbabwean diaspora in Britain, explored the ways in which different spatial settings shape diasporic identities and cleavages, influencing the development of transnational networks and political engagements.

Prior to joining the University of Glasgow, Dominic taught and researched at the Universities of Middlesex and Huddersfield. From 2009 to 2010, he was an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Geography at the University College London, where he worked on the project “Religious Transnationalism: The Case of Zimbabwean Catholics in Britain.” The project examined the ways in which mainstream churches engendered migrants’ maintenance of transnational ties and improved their integration into British society. Most recently, an ESRC Knowledge exchange grant (RES-192-22-0132) explored international, cross-cultural understandings of research into child sexual abuse and identified ways to address the problem in the Caribbean.

Over the past six years, Dominic has published more than 18 high-profile articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited books. His recent book, 'African Transnational Diasporas: Fractured Communities and Plural Identities of Zimbabweans in Britain' (2014) published by Palgrave Macmillan, proposes a framework for understanding African transnational diasporas as well as charts  the migration, settlement and transnational connections of Zimbabweans in Britain. To mark the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent (2015 to 2024), Routledge and Taylor & Francis are offering free access to a selection of articles exploring Diaspora, including three of his recent articles which you can access through this link. In addition, Dominic is the leading co-editor of the academic volume 'Migration, Transnationalism and Catholicism: Global Perspectives' to be published by Palgrave in 2016. The edited volume of 15 chapters will explore the intersections of migration, mobilities, diaspora and transnationalism with the Roman Catholic Church as institution, community, parishes, networks and people.


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