I came to PAIS in September 2018 from the Cass School of Education and Communities at the University of East London, where I was teaching asylum seekers and refugees in Higher Education. Before moving over to the UK academia, I lived in and worked in Bangladesh and Germany for several years on projects concerning gendered violence, development, forced-displacement, conflict, migration and post-conflict reconstruction. I speak Bangla, English, German, and a bit of Arabic and Hindi.
My current research and teaching interests are located at the intersections between the politics of gender and ethnicity and intersectional feminist theory, and coalesces around my interest in gendered migration and border struggles of people from the global South to contemporary Europe and within South Asia. I have researched and written on gendered and sexualised violence in conflict in Bangladesh, lived experiences of non-EU migrants and refugees in London, and harms done by border politics. My work is broadly situated in the disciplines of Gender Studies, Political Sociology, Politics and International Relations, and Migration Studies. My work has appeared in the Transnational Social Review, SAGE Research Methods, Palgrave Macmillan.
I work with both macro and micro narrative analysis of migrants and refugees. I am particularly interested in life narratives of people and I focus on how individual narratives and macro narratives intersect in particular socio-cultural and historically specific political contexts. Since 2016, I lead an international Working Group for research on history of forced migration and life narratives of refugees. In 2015, I was the co-director of an oral history research and a civic engagement project co-conducted with asylum-seekers and refugees in East London, which resulted in the establishment of a Living Refugee Archive.
My research is informed by my two decades of interrelated activism in the field of gendered violence, migration, climate struggle, refugee rights, secularism and social justice movement. I am an editorial board member of International Journal of Social Science Studies and the International Feminist Journal of Politics. I also direct the Community Women Against Abuse and the Phulbari Solidarity Group.
I am currently working with Dr Vicki Squire in the final phase of an ESRC project, Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat: Mapping and Documenting Migratory Journeys and Experience, and I co-teach a first year module with Dr Steve Kettell, Introduction to Politics. Prior to this, I taught and co-taught on a range of subjects in Sociology, Politics and Psychosocial Studies. Module taught at the University of East London and University of Leicester include Construction of Identities; Health, Illness and the Body; Race, Ethnicity and Culture; Qualitative Research Method; Society and Culture, and more.