Sarah Bracke is Professor of Sociology of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Amsterdam. Before joining the Sociology Department at the UvA in 2017, she worked as a senior researcher at the Center of Expertise on Gender, Diversity, and Intersectionality (RHEA) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels and as Associate Research Professor of Sociology at Ghent University.
She was trained in Sociology of Religion and Culture as well as Philosophy at the KU Leuven, and holds a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies from Utrecht University. She previously held appointments as Marie-Curie Fellow at the Department of Anthropology (2006-2007), UC Santa Cruz, as Visiting Fellow in the Program in Critical Theory (2011), UC Berkeley, as Research Associate and Visiting Professor in the Women's Studies in Religion Program (2013-2014), Harvard Divinity School, and as Visiting Scholar at the Center for European Studies (2014-2015), Harvard University.
She is the principle investigator of the research project EnGendering Europe's Muslim Question that investigates the role of gender and sexuality in the problematization of Islam and Muslims in Europe today. The research project (2018-2023) is funded by an NWO Vici grant as well as an Aspasia grant.
She has written extensively about gender, religion (Islam and Christianity), secularism, and multiculturalism in Europe, with a focus on questions of subjectivity and agency. She has also written about neoliberal forms of subjectification (such as "resilience") and on current anti-gender ideology pushback against gender as an analytical category. She is an executive editor of Ethnography and the on-line journal Religion and Gender. She has also produced the documentary Pink Camouflage (2009) on the use of the rhetoric of LGBT rights within current civilizational geo-politics.
EnGendering Europe's Muslim Question (2018-2023)
Prof. Bracke is the Principle Investigator of a research project that investigates the role of gender and sexuality in the problematization of Islam and Muslims in Europe today. The research project is funded by an NWO Vici grant as well as an Aspasia grant.
Identity Constructions at the Intersection of mental health, religion, ethnicity, and gender in Belgium (2013-2018)
Prof. Bracke was the supervisor, together with Prof. Griet Roets (UGent) and Prof. Piet Bracke (UGent) of project on identity contructions of diasporic Muslims with mental health problems in Belgium. The project was funded by the FWO. Dr. Elise Rondelez earned her doctoral degree within this project, and Dr. Caroline Vandekinderen worked as a post-doctoral researcher on the project.