Maria Sobolewska

Maria Sobolewska

Prof, Professor

  • Professor of Political Science, Politics
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Personal profile


Maria Sobolewska is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Manchester and works on the political integration and representation of ethnic minorities in Britain and in a comparative perspective, public perceptions of ethnicity, immigrants and integration. Maria's last book “Brexitland” with Prof Rob Ford won the 2022 WJM Mackenzie Prize for the best book published in political science from the Political Science Association.

She has been a PI on three ESRC grants:  Ethnic Minority British Election Study pilot 2020; Ethnic minority voters in 2019: Brexitland, or business as usual? in 2019; and The 'Brexit Referendum' and Identity Politics in Britain: Social Cleavages, Party Competition and the Future of Immigration and Integration Policy in 2017. She also collaborated on Representative Audit of Britain candidate survey; Centre for the Dynamics of Ethnicity; Pathways: a seven-country study of the descriptive and substantive representation of immigrant-origin minorities; the 2010 Ethnic Minority British Election Survey, and many other projects.

Maria is also the 2021 Winner of the Political Science Association Joni Lovenduski Prize for outstanding professional achievement by a mid-career scholar.

You can follow her on Twitter @ProfSobolewska.

Maria is available to consult the media and policy makers in areas of identity and ethnic politics in Britain.

Research interests

I am interested in public opinion, elections, political representation and participation and issues of measurement.

I specialise in the issues of ethnicity, religion and race relations. Most of my research is on ethnic and religious minorities in Britain, but I do some comparative work.

I use mostly quantitative data analysis methods in my work, but I do have some projects using qualitative approaches.


Further information

Rebecca Mckee- CoDE student

Anouk Kootstra- WESTUS student 

Eleanor Hill- ESRC student

Patrick English- PATHWAYS student

Anthony Chambers- PATHWAYS student

Andrew Barclay- SOSS student

Anna Sanders- ESCR student


I welcome applications from students working in the area of ethnic minorities, Muslims minorities, public opinion and electoral behaviour. Please send me your research proposal, cv and a sample of writing with your enquiry.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Areas of expertise

  • JA Political science (General)
  • Elections
  • Public Opinion
  • Immigration
  • Representation
  • race and ethnicity

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Cathie Marsh Institute


  • race and ethnicty, elections, public opinion


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