Per Mouritsen is an often-used expert, evaluator and public commentator on citizenship acquisition policy, issues of migration, comparative civic integration, and civic education – primarily focussing on Scandinavian and North Western European countries – and he often gives public talks on these matters. He holds a PhD in Social and Political Science from the European University Institute at Florence and MAs from Warwick and Aarhus. He is an associate professor of Political Science at Aarhus University, where formerly he held a temporary chair in Citizenship Studies (2008-15). Previously he worked at the University of Copenhagen and was a visiting scholar at the EUI, the University of Sydney and the Graduate School of Journalism, Berkeley. Most recently (2018) he held the Willy Brandt Chair at Malmö University. He participated in many EU-funded (EMILIE, ACCEPT PLURALISM), Scandinavian (ACT, GOVCIT), and Danish projects on immigrant integration and various aspects of citizenship.
He currently directs the Danish-Swedish Rockwool Foundation project, ASSISI on the impact of school governance of diversity on the civic integration and educational attainment of young second generation immigrants and will direct the recently funded OUTSIDE CITIZENSHIP: The making and integration of denizens (2020-23). He has done consultancy for Norwegian and Danish Ministries and NGOs such as the Open Society Foundation, and was founding director of the Centre for Journalism Studies, which hosts the highly successful ERASMUS MUNDUS master’s in journalism at Aarhus University.
He is currently working on two book projects, a monograph (co-authored with Christian Fernandez, for Edinburgh University Press) which compares Sweden and Denmark’s immigration and integration trajectories, and a more theoretical book on the political sociology of citizenship. His recent academic work include Constituting Communities: Political Solutions to Cultural Conflict, London: Palgrave, 2008; ”Beyond Post-national Citizenship: Access, Consequence, Conditionality”, pp. 88-115 in Anna Triandafyllidou, Tariq Modood and Nasar Meer (eds), European Multiculturalism(s): Cultural, Religious and Ethnic Challenges, London: Edinburgh University Press, 2012; “Denmark between liberalism and nationalism” (With T.V.Olsen), Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 36, no.40, 2013; “The resilience of citizenship traditions: Civic integration in Germany, Great Britain and Denmark, Ethnicities, vol. 13, no. 1, 2013; “Nationalism In a Liberal Register: Beyond the Paradox of Universalism in Immigrant Integration Politics” (with K. Jensen), British Journal of Political Science, Online ahead of print, June 2017.