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Dina Kiwan

Dr. Dina Kiwan joined the American University of Beirut in Fall 2012 as Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.  She was educated at the Universities of Oxford, Harvard and London. Previously, from 2006-201l, she was a Senior Lecturer in Citizenship Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, and Co-Director of the International Centre for Education for Democratic Citizenship (ICEDC), a joint international centre of Birkbeck College and Institute of Education, University of London ( 

With extensive international networks in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East, she has conducted funded research collaborations, has organised international conferences, and has published on citizenship education, naturalisation and ethnic and religious diversity including her book, Education for Inclusive Citizenship (Routledge, 2008), which awarded joint second prize in 2009 by the Society for Educational Studies. She has extensive policy experience in the domain of citizenship, in the fields of both naturalisation and education in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.  In 2002, she was appointed to the UK’s Home Office ‘Life in the UK’ Advisory Group by the then Home Secretary, David Blunkett. 

In 2007, she was commissioned to co-author a Diversity and Citizenship review for the government Department of Education.  In addition, she has acted as an advisory board member of the Lord Goldsmith Review of Citizenship (2007-08).  Other policy experience includes being invited to a Council of Europe ‘Youth, Citizenship and Human Rights’ expert seminar in Strasbourg, and most recently, an invitation to contribute in an advisory capacity as an expert to the Carnegie Middle East Center ‘Education for Citizenship in Arab Countries’ research project. 





2001- 2005:     PhD, University of London (Thesis title: An inclusive citizenship? conceptions of citizenship in the citizenship education policymaking process in England).

1992-1995:      MA in Psychology and Sociology (minor); Harvard University.

1988-1991:      BA Honours in Psychology and Physiology; Degree: 2.1, MA (Oxon);

                        St. Hilda's College, University of Oxford.

Other academic experience and qualifications

1998-2000:      M.Ed in Educational Assessment, University of Bristol.

1999-2000:      Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate.





2010 – 2012:   Invited member of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Peer Reviewing College.

2008:               Second supervisor on AHRC-funded studentship under Youth and Religion Call.

2007/08:          Fellow of International Summer Institute on Citizenship and Migration, funded by Andrew F. Mellon Foundation and Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation (2007 – Berlin; 2008 – Stanford University).

1992-1995:      Postgraduate fellowship, Harvard University.

1993/1994:      Hoopes' Prize for supervision of undergraduate Honours Thesis in                           Sociology, Harvard University.



Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies, American University of Beirut.

Teaching duties: Postgraduate seminar ‘Special topics in Citizenship’; Undergraduate and postgraduate seminar ‘Human rights and cultural differences.

Postgraduate supervision: 2 MA theses on citizenship and human rights in Lebanon.



09/06-09/11: Academic Fellow / Senior Lecturer in Citizenship, Department of Social Policy and Education, Birkbeck College, University of London;

 - Postgraduate Research Director, Dept of Social Policy and Education;

 - Programme Director for MSc in Citizenship Studies (2008 – 2010); Programme Director for MSc Education, Power and Social Change (from 10/2010)

 - Co-Director for International Centre for Education for Democratic Citizenship (ICEDC).

  - PhD supervision: 3 students, one with AHRC studentship, and one with College-awarded fellowship; supervision of international visiting PhD student from Japan.

Administrative duties: Postgraduate Research Director; and department representative on School Postgraduate Research Committee and AHRC Committee; previously Chair, Faculty Ethics Committee, and Ethics representative at College level; Member of Faculty Research Committee; Member of Faculty Equality and Diversity Committee; Chair of Examinations Board for postgraduate Citizenship Programmes.



1. ESRC Project (Identities and Social Action Programme), ‘South Asian and White Women’s Spaces of Sociality and Celebration’ (1/2005-12/2007 - 3 years, £215,000, with 1 year extension to December 2008, £14,000), named member of the research team from September 2007 – December 2008.

2. ESRC Seminar Series (PI): ‘Education for national citizenship in the context of devolution and ethno-religious conflict’; £15,000; January 2009 – January 2011.

3. European Integration Fund, administered by Home Office 2010- 2011 on Integration of applicants to British Citizenship; jointly with Compas, University of Oxford; total approx £257,000, of which 50% is matched funding.





Kiwan, D (2013, forthcoming) (ed).  Naturalization Policies, Education and Citizenship:
Multicultural and Multi-nation Societies in International Perspective.
  Basingstoke:  Palgrave Macmillan.


Kiwan, D.(2008).  Education for Inclusive Citizenship. London and New York: Routledge.


(Awarded joint second prize for Best book published in 2008 in Education by the Society of Educational Studies (SES); awarded £1,000.)


Journal Special Issues


Kiwan, D. (2012) (ed). ‘Human Rights and Citizenship’ special issue, Cambridge Journal of Education.42(1).


Kiwan, D. (2011) (ed). ‘Education for national citizenship in the context of devolution and ethno-religious conflict’ special issue, Ethnicities, 11 (3).


Kiwan, D. with Starkey, H. (Eds.) (2009). ‘Civil Society, democracy and education’, in Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 4(2) (July, 2009).


Annette, J. Starkey, H. and Kiwan, D (Eds). (2008).‘Education for Democratic Citizenship: diversity and national identity’, London Review of Education, 6 (1).

Peer–refereed articles


Kiwan, D (2012). ‘Revisiting the relationship between citizenship and human rights’, in ‘Human Rights and Citizenship’ special issue, Cambridge Journal of Education. 42(1), 1-7.


Kiwan, D (2011). ‘ “National” citizenship in the UK?  Education and naturalisation policies in the context of internal division’, in ‘Education for national citizenship in the context of devolution and ethno-religious conflict’ special issue, Ethnicities, 11 (3).



Kiwan, D (2010). ‘Highly skilled guest-workers in the UK’, Special Issue of Policy and Society. 10.1016/j.polsoc.2010.09.003



Kiwan, D. (2009). ‘Civil society, democracy and education: introductory remarks’, Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 4 (2), 83-86.


Kiwan, D. (2008). “A journey to citizenship in the UK”, International Journal on Multicultural societies, 10 (1), 60-75.


Kiwan, D. (2008). ‘Diversity and Identity in Societal context: introductory remarks’, in London Review of Education, 6 (1), 27-30. (special issue:  ‘Education for Democratic Citizenship : diversity and national identity’, co-edited by Annette, Starkey and Kiwan).


Kiwan, D. (2008). “Citizenship education at the cross-roads: four models of citizenship and their implications for ethnic and religious diversity”, Oxford Review of Education, 34, 1, 39-58.


Kiwan, D. (2007).  “Uneasy relationships? Conceptions of ‘citizenship’, ‘democracy’ and ‘diversity’ in the English citizenship education policymaking process”, Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 2(3), 223-235.


Kiwan, D. (2007). “Developing a model of inclusive citizenship:  ‘institutional multiculturalism’ and the citizen-state relationship, Theory and Research in Education, 5(2), 225-240.


Kiwan, D.  (2006). “Constructing citizenship in the education policymaking process in England:  an act of citizenship?”, International Journal of Learning, Vol 13 (6), 131-138.).


Kiwan, D. (2005). “Human Rights and Citizenship:  an unjustifiable conflation?”, Journal of Philosophy of Education, Vol. 39 (1), 37-50.


Chapters in books


Kiwan, D. (2013). ‘Emerging Forms of Citizenship in the Arab World’ in E. Isin and P. Nyers (eds) Routledge Global Handbook of Citizenship Studies.  London and New York:  Routledge.


Kiwan, D. (2012). ‘Multicultural Education’ in Routledge Education Reader (forthcoming).


Kiwan, D. (2010). Multiculturalism and Mutual Understanding’ in Crick B. and Lockyer, A. (eds). Active Citizenship: what could it achieve and how? Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.


Jackson, S., Cox, R., Khatwa, M. and Kiwan, D.* (2009). ‘Living London: Women negotiating identities in a post-colonial city’ in Identity in the 21st Century: New Trends in Changing Times Palgrave Macmilla. [volume of ESRC Identities Programme findings]* denotes listing of authors in alphabetical order.


Kiwan, D. (2009). “Citizenship at KS3 and KS4”, in Equality in the Secondary School, M.Coles (ed), London: Continuum.


Kiwan, D. (2008). “Towards a theory of inclusive participative citizenship”, in G. Titley and A. Lentin (eds), The Politics of Diversity, Strasbourg: Council of Europe.


Kiwan, D. and Kiwan, N. (2005).  “Citizenship education: the French and English experience”, p.136-158, in Young People in Transition: Becoming Citizens, C. Pole, J. Pilcher and J. Williams (eds), Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.


Other articles

Kiwan, D. (2004).  “Is there a future for multiculturalism in higher education?”, Learning Matters, July 2004, Issue no.15, p.7.


Kiwan, D. and Houghton, N (2002).  “Update: evidence-informed policy”, Learning and Skills Research, Autumn 2002, volume 6, number 1, p.12.


Kiwan, D. (2001).  "The work of the EPPI-Centre", Learning and Skills Research, Autumn 2001, volume 5, number 1, 42-43.


Policy reports

Kiwan, D. (2007). Becoming a British Citizen: a learning journey. London: Ministry of Justice. Pamphlet for Lord Goldsmith Review of Citizenship, Ministry of Justice.


Ajegbo, K., Kiwan, D. and Sharma, S. (2007). Curriculum review: Diversity and Citizenship London:  DfES.


Crick et al. (2003): The New and the Old: the report of the “Life in the United Kingdom”

Advisory Group.  London:  Home Office.


Crick et al. (2003): The New and the old:  the interim report for consultation of the “Life in the United Kingdom” Advisory Group.  London:  Home Office. 


Book reviews

Kiwan, D. (2008). Book Review on Ben-Porath, S. (2006). Citizenship Under Fire. Princeton: Princeton University Press, in London Review of Education, 6 (1), 96-98. (special issue co-edited by Annette, Starkey and Kiwan).


Kiwan, D. (2007). Book Review on Gaine, C.(2005). We’re all White Thanks. Stoke on Trent: Trentham Books, in Ethnic and Racial Studies, January 2007,Vol 30 (1), 177-78.


Kiwan, D. (2006). Book review on Schiffauer, W., Baumann, G., Kastoryano, R. and Vertovec, S. (Eds.) (2005).  Civil Enculturation:  Nation-State, School and Ethnic Difference in The Netherlands, Britain, Germany and France.  New York and Oxford:  Berghahn Books, in Ethnic and Racial Studies, July 2006, Vol 29 (4).


Kiwan, D. (2004).  Book Review on Pride, Richard A. (2002). The Political Use of Racial Narratives: School desegregation in Mobile, Alabama 1954-97, Illinois:  University of Illinois Press, in Ethnic and Racial Studies, March 2004, 27 (2).


Kiwan, D.  (2003). Book Review on Oommen, T. K. (2002). Pluralism, Equality and Identity:  Comparative Studies, Oxford: Oxford University Press, in Sociology, 37 (4), 810-811.


Other professional research reports

Gough, D., Kiwan, D., Sutcliffe, K., Simpson, D., Houghton, N. (2003).  The effectiveness of personal development planning for improving student learning: a systematic map and review.  London:  EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit.

Research contribution to Clapham, A. (2000).  “Human Rights and the Prevention of Humanitarian Emergencies”, Working Paper No. 211.  Helsinki:  UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU/WIDER).


'Rape with impunity by Peruvian Police', Interact, Summer 1996 (Bulletin  about Women's Human Rights, published by Amnesty International, USA).





Invited Keynotes (selected)

15/03/2012:     Keynote speaker response, ‘Education on Citizenship and Coexistence in Lebanon’ with Culture Minister and British Ambassador to Lebanon, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

15-16/07/10:    Keynote for ICEDC Annual Conference on Education for national citizenship in the context of devolution and ethno-religious conflict, Birkbeck, University of London.

26/02/10:         Invited speaker for workshop on human rights and citizenship.  Kiwan, D. (2010). ‘Between human rights and citizenship: migration, identification, ‘acts’’, Birkbeck College in collaboration with Compas University of Oxford and Open University.

16/10/09:         Invited speaker, ‘Education for social cohesion in Lebanon’, Annual conference of the Centre for Lebanese Studies, University of Oxford, co-sponsored by the Issam Fares Institute, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

29/06/09:         Invited keynote speaker, ‘Citizenship in pluralist societies’, for Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain International post-graduate student Summer School, Roehampton University, London

03/08:              Invited keynote speaker on Citizenship and Identity, Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, UK.

09/06/07:         Keynote speaker at Leighton Museum Muslim Festival of Cultures, London.

20/03/07:         Keynote speaker at EUROCLIO: European Standing Conference of History Teachers’ Association Annual Conference in Bled, Slovenia, ‘Human Rights Education: Lessons from History’, 20-25 March, 2007.

13/05/06:         Presentation at Council of Europe Research Seminar on Diversity, Human Rights and Participation, organised in the framework on the Partnership on Research in the Youth Field between the Council of Europe and the European Commission, European Youth Centre, Strasbourg, France.

20/09/05:         Invited panel participant at British Council event, introduced by Chair of British Council, Lord Neil Kinnock on the inclusion of immigrants (labour market inclusion and civic participation) across Europe.

02/11/04:         Invited panel participant at Social Market Foundation talk “Citizenship, Rights, Obligations and the role of language”, with Barbara Roche, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, Maeve Sherlock, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council, and David Heath, Liberal Democrat MP for Somerton and From, and Des Browne, Minister for Immigration as keynote speaker.

Invited Workshops and Seminars (selected)

07/02/07:         Invited participant to Royal Society of Arts (RSA) lecture and private dinner on narrative, history and Britishness.

27/09/06:         Invited participant to the Transatlantic Task Force on Immigrant Integration, Berlin, Germany, hosted by Professor Rita Sussmuth, former President of the Bundestag (Parliament) of Germany (1988-98).

15/06/05:         Invited participant at DfES and Home Office event on Citizenship Education and Community Involvement, hosted by Education Minister Andrew Adonis, and Home Office Minister Hazel Blears.

24/01/03:         Invited guest participant in workshop on ‘Pluralism in Muslim Contexts’, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, Aga Khan University, London.


Other Conference presentations (Selected)

9-12/09/09: Kiwan, D. (2009). Friends, Londoners and countrywomen: from women’s practices of ‘sociality’ to inclusive participative citizenship? at ‘Politics of Social Cohesion’ conference, Centre for the Study of Equality and Multiculturalism (CESEM), University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

09/07/08: Jackson, S., Kiwan, D. and Cox, R. (2008). ‘Encounters, intersections and multiplicity: women’s identities in post-colonial London’ Encounters and intersections: religion, diaspora and ethnicities, University of Oxford, July 9-11th 2008.

05/06/08: Kiwan, D. (2008). “Friends, Londoners and countrywomen: from spaces of sociality to active participation?’, 5-6th June, 2008, Britishness, Identity and Citizenship: the view from abroad, University of Huddersfield, UK; also presented at Citizenship and Migration  International Summer Institute Workshop, Stanford University, USA (June 24th – July 4th 2008).

06/07/07: Kiwan, D. (2007).  Conceptions of ‘citizenship’, ‘democracy’ and ‘diversity’ in the English citizenship education policymaking process”, Citizenship and Migration Summer Institute Workshop, Berlin, Germany (June 25th – July 6th, 2007).

09/06:  Kiwan, D. (2006). “Key players’ conceptions of citizenship: from policy to practice in education and immigration”, European Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2006, Geneva, Switzerland, 13th – 16th September.

06/06: Kiwan, D. (2006).  “Constructing citizenship in the education policymaking process: an act of citizenship?”, 13th International Conference on Learning, Montego Bay, Jamaica, June 22nd – 25th, 2006. (virtual ).

03/06: Kiwan, D. (2006). “Uneasy relationships? Conceptions of ‘citizenship’, ‘democracy’ and ‘diversity’ in the English Citizenship Education policymaking process”, Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB) Annual Conference 2006, New College, Oxford, 31st March – 2nd April, 2006.

02-03/06/05: Facilitator at National Integration Conference workshop on language and educational skills of migrants, (Home Office), Edinburgh.

16/12/04:  Presenter at HEFCE funded seminar series on “Discourses of Difference”, Institute of Education, University of London; paper title:  “Decision-making, representation and ‘difference’: the citizenship education policy process in England”.

07/12/02: Kiwan, D. (2002). “Citizenship in different politico-philosophical traditions: implications for diversity in theory and practice”, presented at Citizenship and Discrimination in Europe International Conference, University of Warwick, Coventry, sponsored by the EC.

25-27/03/02: Kiwan, D. (2002).  Diversity and Pedagogy in Citizenship Education 2002: from policy to practice”, presented at BSA Annual Conference 2002, University of Leicester.

Kiwan, N. and Kiwan, D. (2002).  Citizenship education in theory and practice: the French and English experiences”, presented at BSA Annual Conference 2002, Leicester.


Research Consultancies

1. Expert advisory Board member for research project coordinated by Carnegie Middle East Center, Beirut, Lebanon – a 3-year research study on citizenship education in the Arab countries.

2. Research consultancy for UK Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF): May 2006 – January 2007, resulting in co-authorship of high profile report Diversity and Citizenship; a Curriculum Review, published in January 2007.

3. Commissioned to write paper for UK Ministry of Justice’s Lord Goldsmith Review of Citizenship, published in December 2007.

Conference Organisation

15-16/07/10:    Organiser of Education for national citizenship in the context of devolution and ethno-religious conflict 2010 Annual conference of International Centre for Education for Democratic Citizenship (ICEDC), UK.

10/07/09:         Organiser of Human Rights and Citizenship Education 2009 annual conference of ICEDC, UK.

14/06/08:         Co-organiser of Civil Society Democracy and Education 2008 annual conference of ICEDC, UK.

13/07/07:         Organiser, and chair of symposium of international conference on Education for Democratic Citizenship: Multiculturalism and National Identity, Birkbeck College, University of London, with keynote speakers including Professor Sir Bernard Crick and Professor Tariq Ramadan.

Government Committee work

2008/09: Member of Experts Advisory Board for Ministry of Justice Youth Citizenship Commission, UK.

11/07-03/08: Member of Advisory Board to Lord Goldsmith’s Review of Citizenship, Ministry of Justice, UK.

07/06/06: Summoned to give oral evidence to the UK House of Commons Select Committee on Education and Skills Inquiry into Citizenship Education.

11/03-: Member of Children of New Arrivals Advisory Group, managed by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), UK.

07/03-: Member of Advisory Panel for Implementation of the ‘Life in the United Kingdom’ Advisory Group; member of subgroup 2 on the development of web-based resources and teacher training; member of publications editorial subgroup for the production of the ‘Living in Britain’ booklet.

09/2002-: Member of Home Office ‘Life in the United Kingdom’ Advisory Group, with the following terms of reference: “To advise the Home Secretary on the method, conduct and implementation of the ‘Life in the United Kingdom’ naturalisation test.”


Journal Editorship

Member of Editorial board for peer-refereed journal, Education, Citizenship and Social Justice.


Refereeing – articles / grant applications

Referee for articles in international journals, including Childhood, Citizenship Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Oxford Review of Education, London Review of Education.

Reviewer for grant applications for Nuffield Foundation, ESRC, Qatar National Research Foundation (QNRF).


Media coverage

Interviewed by newspapers and TV in the UK, including Times Educational Supplement, Daily Mail, BBC News and Sky News, and internationally including South Africa and Japan.


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