Dr A. Sophie Lauwers

Dr A. Sophie Lauwers
Dr A. Sophie Lauwers
Dr A. Sophie Lauwers

Teaching Fellow



I am a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Philosophy.

My research focuses on political secularism in Western Europe and its relation to the subordination of racial and religious minorities. I am also interested in questions around Islamophobia, Christian privilege, and contemporary discourses of national culture and heritage.

I recently completed my PhD in Philosophy as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie POLITICO programme at the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law (CISRUL).


Research Overview

Research Interests: 

  • Secularism
  • Religious diversity
  • Racism
  • Political community
  • Nationalism
  • Multiculturalism


Lauwers, A. S. (2022) “Religion, secularity, culture? Investigating Christian privilege in Western Europe”, Ethnicities, volume 23, issue 3, pp. 403-425.

Lauwers, A. S. (2019) “Is Islamophobia (Always) Racism”, Critical Philosophy of Race, volume 7, Issue 2, pp. 306-322.


Teaching Responsibilities

I teach on the following courses:

  • Race, Religion and Secularism (Course Coordinator and Lecturer), 2022-2023
  • How Should One Live (Course Coordinator and Co-lecturer), 2022-2023
  • Impact and Engagement (Co-Lecturer), 2022-2023
  • Controversial Questions (Tutor), 2023-2024