Semiha Sözeri is a PhD candidate in the Research Institute for Child Development and Education at the University of Amsterdam. She participates in the research project entitled ‘The Pedagogy of the Mosque: Aiding or Frustrating Integration in the Netherlands’ supervised by Dr. Hülya Kosar Altinyelken and Prof. Dr. Monique Volman.
Her PhD project investigates the role played by non-formal Islamic religious education in the integration of the Turkish immigrant children in the Netherlands.
Semiha Sözeri studied Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University (Istanbul, Turkey) and she holds a MSc degree from the research master's programme 'Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism' at Utrecht University. Her master's thesis focused on the effects of media on the exclusionary reactions against immigrants and far-right voting attitudes in the Netherlands. Before starting her PhD project, she worked as a research assistant in projects focusing on Turkish immigrant integration in Erasmus University Rotterdam and Vrije University Amsterdam.
Her research interests involve sociology of education, immigrant integration, ethnic and religious identity formation, and sociology of religion.
Semiha Sözeri is a junior member of the Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies.