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Sarah Wolff

Professor International Studies and Global Politics

Prof.dr. S.C.A. Wolff
+31 71 527 2698

Sarah Wolff is Professor in International Studies and Global Politics at Leiden University.

More information about Sarah Wolff



Johan Huizinga gebouw, Doelensteeg 16, Leiden. Room 1.33
Telefoon: +31 (0)71 527 2698

The Hague:

Schouwburgstraat 2, Den Haag. Room B2.10
Telefoon: +31 (0)70 800 9005


Her research concentrates on EU-UK foreign and security cooperation, EU migration and asylum policies, EU-Middle East and North Africa, as well as EU’s policies on gender and religion abroad. She is on the Editorial Board of the journal Mediterranean Politics. Her book Michigan University Press on ‘Secular Power Europe and Islam: Identity and foreign policy’(summer 2021) was conducted thanks to a Fulbright-Schuman and a Leverhulme research grants. 

Grants and awards

• 2022-2023 Co-Duties: Democratic Duties, Collective Action, and the Greater Good after COVID-19, Research Council of Norway, 1 Sep 2022 - 30 Nov 2023, £82,965.83 (co-funding £56,900.00) Work package leader France. PI Simon Reid-Henry. 

• 2019-2022 Principal Investigator NEXTEUK Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on the future of EU-UK relations, £299.798 (co-funding European Commission 42%). Preparation phase, more info here.

• 2019 Strategic Impact Funding, HSS, QMUL, to fund a research and YouGov poll on British views of Europeans in a context of Brexit negotiations, £3000. The findings of the project were published on the QMUL HSS homepage (incl. a link to the data tables), in The Conversation, on the ‘UK in a Changing Europe’ website here and here, and on the LSE blog.

• 2018 Small Grant University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), £1000 to fund an ‘Decentring Europe: Critical Approaches to European Foreign Policy’ one-day exploratory workshop on 7 March 2019 at ULIP in Paris.

• 2018 Center for Public Engagement, QMUL, ‘Europe at all costs’ documentary on refugees in Calais and Ceuta (with. A. Hlaoua) £1000

• 2014 Leverhulme Research Grant ‘Explaining European Union’s engagement with Moroccan and Tunisian Islamist parties’. £43,930

• 2014 The Fulbright-Schuman Scholar Fellowship Does Religion matter in Transatlantic Engagement with Islamist political parties? 9000€

• 2013 QM SPIR General Research Fund, Workshop ‘ An International Perspective on EU Migration Governance’ co-funded with University of Vienna £1666

• 2012 Early Career Leverhulme Fellowship The conditions of EU (non) engagement with Moroccan and Tunisian political opposition (declined due to incompatibility with post at QM) £23.000

• 2011 Jean Monnet Research Activity, European Commission, DG Research EU Agencies and their External Relations- which way forward? Togeterh with A. Schout, 16.630,50€

• 2007 Fellowship “European Foreign and Security Policy Studies” Programme Compagnia di San Paolo (Italy) Rijksbankens Jubileumsfond,(Sweden)  and Volkswagen Stiftung (Germany), The Mediterranean Dimension of EU’s Internal Security 35.000€

Curriculum Vitae

She previously was Professor in European Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), where she also led the Centre for European Research (2017-2023) and was the Director of the QMUL MA in International Relations in Paris (2021-2023). 

Professor International Studies and Global Politics

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • History and International Studies

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.33




  • College of Europe Visiting Professor
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