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Dr Saba Hussain

I am a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Department of Sociology. In the past I have worked as a Lecturer in Social Sciences at Bath Spa University and as research associate at UCL-Institute of Education (IoE). I also have extensive experience of working as a Social Development Consultant in the International Development sector in South Asia, specialising on ares of gender, social exclusion, education and migration for organizations ranging from the World Bank, DFID, Overseas Development Institute and Save the Children, UK.

I hold a PhD in Sociology, from the University of Warwick and Masters degrees in Sociology from (Delhi School of Economics) and in International Development (London School of Economics).

Research interests: Education and extremism in the UK, Gender relations and representations in South-Asia and South Asian diaspora, Muslim girlhoods, Third world feminism(s)

Research project: This Leverhulme Trust Funded study aims to understand the ways in which contemporary teacher identities are being (re)constructed by teacher’s incorporation into the prevent agenda in schools. In other words, I am interested in understanding how the counter-terrorism agenda has impacted teachers' professional labours and identities, by considering ways in which teachers are positioned, and are able to position themselves, around the policies and discourses of counter-terrorism within education and school settings.

Teaching: Convenor the UG Module SO244 - Educational Inequalities

Convenor of interdisciplinary module called South Asia in Britain (IL030) offered for the Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL)


Hussain, Saba (2019) Contemporary Muslim Girlhoods in India: Social Justice, Identity and Agency, Routledge: Oxford (under contract)

Hussain, Saba (2018) Merging career and marital aspirations: Emerging discourse of ‘new girlhood' among Muslims in Assam in Hussein, N (ed) Rethinking New Womanhood: Practices of gender, class, culture and religion in South Asia, Palgrave: London

Hussain, Saba and N. Hussain (2016) Beauty Queens and Hindu Militants: Indian women’s negotiation with Neoliberalism and Hindu Nationalism. Exchanges: Warwick Research Journal, 3:2, 227-240 (Peer-reviewed open access journal)

Hussain, Saba and N.Hussein (2015) Interrogating Practices of Gender, Religion and Nationalism in the Representation of Muslim Women in Bollywood: Contexts of Change Sites of Continuity. Exchanges: Warwick Research Journal, 2: 2, 284-304(Peer-reviewed open access journal)

Non-academic writing:

The OFSTED Hijab Controversy: Beyond the Hijab!, Discover Society, Dec 2017

Old Problem, New Lexicon: The EU Workplace Headscarf Ban, April 2017