Mag. Dr. Leila Hadj-Abdou

Lecturer (Universitätsassistentin)

Leila joined the IPW and INEX in October 2020. Prior to joining the department Leila was Research Fellow at the Migration Policy Center (MPC) & the School of Transnational Governance (STG) at the European University Institute (EUI) (since October 2020, in a part time role at the EUI). From 2014-15 she was a Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield (UK); and in 2013/14 she was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Transatlantic Relations at the School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS, Johns Hopkins University) in Washington D.C.. She held visiting positions at the University College Dublin (Ireland) and the CNRS (Paris, France). Leila holds a Ph.D. (2013) in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute (Italy). 

Work and research fields: Migration governance, Migration politics, European Union politics, Immigration and immigrant integration policies, and the populist radical right. Leila has also extensive, practical experience in the field of asylum/migration, having held positions in 2016 and 2017 as a project coordinator for an NGO working with unaccompanied minor asylum seekers, as well as in an educational centre working with adult refugees, and refugee care workers.

Current Publications

  • Hadj Abdou, Leila / Ruedin, Didier (2021): The Austrian People's Party: an anti-immigrant right party? Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (Special issue edited by Hadj Abdou, Leila, Bale, Tim, and Geddes, Andrew: Centre-right parties and immigration in an era of politicization). DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2020.1853904. (DownloadOpen Access)
  • Hadj Abdou, Leila / Bale, Tim / Geddes, Andrew (2021): Centre-right parties and immigration in an era of politicization. Introduction to Special Issue. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2020.1853901. (DownloadOpen Access)
  • Hadj Abdou, Leila / Rosenberger, Sieglinde (forthcoming 2021): Contested Citizenship: protest in the field of asylum. In: Marco Giugni and M. Grasso (eds.).: Edward Elgar handbook on Citizenship and Migration.
  • Hadj Abdou, Leila (forthcoming 2021): Religion and gender. In: Haynes, J. (ed.): Routledge Handbook on Politics and Religion.
  • Hadj Abdou, Leila / Geddes, Andrew (forthcoming 2021): The European Union. From Politics to Politicization. In: Hollifield, J., Martin, P. and Orenius, P. (eds.) Controlling Migration. Stanford University Press.
  • Hadj Abdou, L. (forthcoming 2021): Illiberalism and migration. In: Sajó, A., Holmes, S. and Uitz, R. (eds.): Routledge Handbook of Illiberalism.
    • Hadj-Abdou, Leila / Geddes, Andrew / Brumat, Leiza (2020). Migration and Mobility in the European Union, New York: Macmillan. (see also Webinar)
    • Hadj-Abdou, Leila (2020). 'Push or Pull'? Framing Immigration in times of Crisis in the European Union and the United States. In: Journal of European Integration: The Politicisation of Permanent Crisis in Europe 42 (5), 643-58.
    • Hadj-Abdou, Leila/Geddes, Andrew/Espinoza, Marcia Vera/Brumat, Leiza (2019). The Dynamics of Regional Migration Governance, Cheltenham Northampton: Edward Elgar.
    • Hadj-Abdou, Leila/Rosenberger, Sieglinde (2019). Contesting the deportation state? Political change aspirations in protests against forced returns. In: Ethnic and Racial Studies, 42 (16), 102-119, DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2018.1562194.
    • Hadj-Abdou, Leila/Rosenberger, Sieglinde (2019). Party Activism: The Permeability of the Asylum Protest Arena in Austria. In: Social Movement Studies 18 (4), 391-407.
    • Hadj-Abdou, Leila (2019). Immigrant Integration: The Governance of Ethno-cultural Differences. In: Comparative Migration Studies 7 (1), 1-8.


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