Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences
1 March 2013
My main interests are in the fields of migration and diaspora, the anthropology of Islam, and political anthropology. Currently, I am a member of the core team for the ERC/ESRC Democratic Cultures of South Asia project, conducting ethnographic research in Sylhet, Bangladesh. My research hopes to assess popular political participation among a rural agricultural community with profound transnational migratory links to the UK and the Gulf states.
Previously, I have conducted research in the UK, investigating the tensions and conflicts that exist between the UK’s various religious communities and secular law, as part of an EU-funded research initiative. Prior to that, my doctoral thesis provided an account of the everyday lives of a South Asian Muslim community in Luton, Bedfordshire, in particular, among its British-born contingent. The study sought to shed insight on new articulations of religiosity and citizenship among distinct, and often alienated, late-modern diaspora communities.
History, School of Oriental and African Studies (2003)
MA Social Anthropology, School of Oriental and African Studies (2005)
PhD, School of Oriental and African Studies (2011)