Dr Shirin Hirsch

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Shirin Hirsch
Email address: shirin.hirsch@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 32xxxx Location: Mary Seacole Building (MH) Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences School/Institute: School of Social, Historical and Political Studies Areas of expertise: Race, racism, refugees, migration, labour history


Shirin Hirsch researches race, class and migration in post war British history. She is currently working on a public history project exploring Enoch Powell, race and resistance in the West Midlands. This focuses on the unstable relationship between Powell and his constituency and how Powell’s politics were negotiated in the area. 2018 will be the 50th anniversary of Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech and to reflect on this moment, Shirin is working closely with the Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the artists Anand Chhabra and Jagdish Patel to prepare an exhibition on the speech and its impact in Wolverhampton. A number of events are planned in April involving the local community to draw out the memories of resistance in response to Powell's speech and to document the experiences of ethnic minority communities in Wolverhampton. This project Shirin is coordinating has recently received Shared Heritage Lottery funding.

Before this, Shirin worked at the University of Glasgow on a project examining the neighborhood level processes in Scotland by which ethnicity is asserted, constructed and resisted. She has also worked at the University of Manchester on a project exploring the refugee ‘second generation’ and is publishing papers from both projects on race, nation and the immigration system. Shirin’s PhD focused on Chilean exiles, British solidarity and the labour movement.

Research interests

See biography.

Shirin is happy to supervise students whose research engages with themes of race, racism, migration and labour history.


Shirin Hirsch. "In the Shadow of Powell: Race, locality and resistance." Manchester University Press, forthcoming. Pre order this publication here

Shirin Hirsch and Andrew Smith. "A view through a window: Social relations, material objects and locality." The Sociological Review (2017): open access.

Bloch, Alice and Shirin Hirsch. "The educational experiences of the second generation from refugee backgrounds." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (2017): 1-18.

Shirin Hirsch. 'From Powell to Casey: The Mythical White Working Class', Discover Society (2017)

Bloch, Alice, and Shirin Hirsch. "“Second generation” refugees and multilingualism: identity, race and language transmission." Ethnic and Racial Studies (2016): 1-19.

Shirin Hirsch, ‘‘A Quarrel of Limited Concern to the People of this Country’? The British Labour Movement and Chile Solidarity’, Labour History Review (2016): 237-257.

Shirin Hirsch, 'Chilean Exiles, Reconciliation and Return: An Alternative View from Below', Journal of Refugee Studies (2015): 82-97