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Eric Kaufmann

Professor of Politics at Birkbeck, University of London, and author

Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. He was a Fellow in the Religion in International Affairs Program, Belfer Center, Kennedy School, Harvard, 2008-9.

In 2008 he won the Richard Rose Prize of the Political Studies Association for a scholar under 40.

He is the author of Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth: Demography and Politics in the 21st Century (Profile Books, 2010) and co-editor, with Jack Goldstone and Monica Toft, of Political Demography: How Population Changes are Reshaping International Security and National Politics (Oxford University Press, 2012).

In addition, he has written The Rise and Fall of Anglo-America: the Decline of Dominant Ethnicity in the United States (Harvard University Press, 2004), The Orange Order: A Contemporary Northern Irish History (Oxford University Press, 2007, 2009), with Henry Patterson, Unionism and Orangeism in Northern Ireland since 1945 (Manchester University Press 2007) and edited Rethinking Ethnicity: Majority Groups and Dominant Minorities (Routledge 2004).

An editor of the journal Nations & Nationalism, he has also written on religion and demography for Newsweek International, Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines. He may be found on the web at

London Less Integrated Than the Rest of the Country, Report Finds

Exactly why the middle bands of the class structure, which contains around half the population, contain less ethnic interaction is unclear. One explanation mooted by social theorists is that this group has less of an achieved status than the professional class, and therefore invests more strongly in its ethnic identity...
03/07/2014 14:34 BST

Is Opposing European Immigration an Own Goal for UKIP?

Henwood and Lampitt are embarrassing because they reveal that for some UKIP activists, blacks or Muslims matter more than Poles while cultural threats trump economic ones. On this reading, talk of European immigration harming British jobs is a dog whistle for deeper concerns over racial change.
30/04/2014 17:05 BST

White Flight in England?

Why are whites leaving diversity so much more than minorities? Counterurbanisation doesn't explain the pattern since working and lower-middle class white British opt for homogeneity more than their professional/managerial counterparts.
23/12/2013 11:42 GMT

London and the English

As English nationalism comes out of the closet, cosmopolitan London increasingly appears a place apart.
16/01/2013 09:54 GMT

'White Flight' From London?

Of all the changes announced by the 2011 census, one of the most startling is the rapid change in the <a href="" target="_hplink">ethnic composition of London's population</a>. This has caught experts by surprise and reflects an underestimate of the extent to which white British people have opted to leave an increasingly diverse London.
21/12/2012 14:33 GMT

World Population Day and the Scandal of Anti-Malthusianism

11 July, according to the UN, is World Population Day. The aim is to ensure universal access for the world's women to reproductive health services, including, in the fine print, voluntary family planning. In truth, the latter offers what is arguably the most cost-effective means of reducing human misery in the long term.
11/07/2012 11:32 BST

A Tale of Confidence: Can Torres Save the Spanish Economy?

It is impossible not to contrast Spain's football team with its economy. The difference turns on confidence, and beliefs often become reality. Spanish moxie grew out of past success and the stories spun by the media before the game. This helped them own the field.
09/07/2012 09:30 BST

Numbers Count: Why Religious Population Growth Underpins the Islamist Surge

The victory of the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi in Egypt's presidential elections, and the strong showing of fundamentalist Salafis in legislative elections, completes a wave of Islamist electoral success that began in Tunisia and has swept the Arab world. One day soon, Islamist regimes may hold sway in an unbroken arc from Morocco to Turkey.
01/07/2012 18:24 BST

Why Creative People Don't Get Rich

In rising middle-class neighbourhoods of London, an author-journalist friend notices a pronounced dwindling of 'creative' types among parents comparing his older son's class to that of his young daughter.
22/05/2012 17:26 BST

Mormons: A Rising Force?

Mitt Romney has emerged from a bruising primary as the only serious Republican presidential candidate. The small field of Republican hopefuls also included fellow-Mormon Jon Huntsman. Is this a coincidence?
13/05/2012 22:13 BST