Mette Evelyn Bjerre
I am a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Notre Dame
(Expected graduation Aug. 2022) and a recipient of the 2020-21 Dissertation Fellowship from the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
My research agenda focuses on race, ethnicity, and immigration. I am interested in how changing demographics due to immigration impact the social construction of race and between-group race relations. I investigate how racialisation processes and interactions with the state influence individuals’ self-identity and how racialisation processes impact the development of other social identities. I examine these processes in three different contexts: an increasing multiracial population in the United States, racial inequality in higher education, and the meaning of race as a category in a global comparative perspective.
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I was born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, where I lived until I moved to London, U.K., to attend university (as a first-generation college student). Before moving to the U.S. and attending Notre Dame, I worked in the non-profit sector in London. I am Danish and English, but I consider myself a global citizen. In my free time I love to travel (25 countries and counting) and spend time with friends, family, and my dog, Xavi.