I am a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Department of Sociology. Prior to starting my fellowship, I worked as a Lecturer in Social Sciences at Bath Spa University teaching modules on Globalization, Global Development and Research Methods. I also have extensive experience of working as a Social Development Consultant in the International Development Sector in South Asia, specialising in 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 Post Graduate degrees in Sociology from (Delhi University) and in International Development (LSE). I have also worked as a Lecturer at Bath Spa University and as a Research Associate at UCL-Institute of Education.
Current research interests: Education and extremism in the UK, Gender relations and representations in the global south, Muslim girlhoods, Third world feminism(s)
Current 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: I currently convene the UG Module SO244 - Educational Inequalities https://warwick.ac.uk/services/aro/dar/quality/modules/undergraduate/so/so244/
In the autumn term (2018), I will also be convening an interdisciplinary module called South Asia in Britain offered by the Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL) https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/iatl/activities/modules/ugmodules/southasiainbritain/
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 https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783319678993
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) http://exchanges.warwick.ac.uk/index.php/exchanges/article/view/9
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) http://exchanges.warwick.ac.uk/exchanges/index.php/exchanges/article/view/60
The OFSTED Hijab Controversy: Beyond the Hijab!, Discover Society, Dec 2017 https://discoversociety.org/2017/12/06/the-ofsted-hijab-controversy-beyond-the-hjiab/
Old Problem, New Lexicon: The EU Workplace Headscarf Ban, April 2017 https://discoversociety.org/2017/06/06/old-problem-new-lexicon-the-eu-workplace-headscarf-ban/