Paul Mepschen

Paul Mepschen, Lecturer at Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University
Paul Mepschen

Dr. Paul Mepschen is lecturer in Social Anthropology at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University and postdoc at the University of Amsterdam.

He teaches courses on religion, gender, politics and ethnographic methodology. He received his PhD degree from the University of Amsterdam for his dissertation Everyday autochthony. Difference, discontent, and the politics of home in Amsterdam (2016), on the politics of autochthony and culture in the Netherlands (cum laude).  

His work deals with the politics of belonging, citizenship, and urban politics in Western Europe. His interests include cultural and sexual politics, migration, race and racism, sexuality and queer theory; and religion and secularism.

Mepschen is also interested in populism and the sociology of the European Left. In Leiden, he teaches political anthropology, social theory, the anthropology of gender, ethnographic methodology, while also supervising BA- and MA-theses.

As part of the Political Sociology program at the UvA, he is currently working on a research project on the urban politics and historical anthropology of LGBTIQ pride, focusing on the sexual politics of ‘Europe’. Other research focuses on urban superdiversity; on masculinity; and the politics of representation concerning Islam and refugees.

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