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Sociology Research

Before joining Cambridge in 2015, Asiya was working on equality and diversity policies at the London School of Economics and was also involved in freelance journalism, writing on gender and race issues. She’s published in the Guardian, Open Democracy and New Statesman. She holds a Master's in Gender, Media and Culture with Distinction from the London School of Economics. At Cambridge, Asiya was funded through the Gates Cambridge scholarship. 

Research Interests

Asiya's research explores the gendered politics of class formation in urban India. In addition to addressing the under-exploration of gender in class analysis and the lack of attention to the politics of 'becoming' middle class, her PhD takes a ground-up approach by seeking women’s narratives about their identities and aspirations at the interconnected sites of family, work and leisure.

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Key Publications - Other

Islam, A. (2017) Book Review: Lynsey Hanley, Respectable: The Experience of Class, Sociology

Islam, A. (2012) Book Review: Gender and violence in the Middle East by Moha Ennaji and Fatima Sadiqi, LSE Review of Books

Islam, A. (2012) Book Review: Blogistan: the internet and politics in Iran, LSE Review of Books

Islam, A. (2012) Book Review: Postcolonial media culture in Britain by Rosalind Brunt and Rinella Cere, LSE Review of Books

Media Articles

Research Groups & Affiliations


Gates Cambridge Scholarship, Gates Cambridge Trust (2015-2018)

Best Degree Performance Award, London School of Economics (2010)

Dr Zakir Hussain Medal for Academic Excellence, Aligarh Muslim University (2009)

Additional Information

Invited Talks

Sexual violence in India, AMU Centre for Women's Studies The Presence of Gender, LSE Gender Institute 20th anniversary conference What you see is what you get: Race and gender politics in the UK, Regent's University Summer School (London) Seen but not heard: Ethnic minority women in the media, LSE Journalism Summer School Tackling lad culture in higher education, NUS annual conference

Job Title:
Junior Research Fellow, Newnham College