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Research Interests

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, Citizenship, Gender relations and representations in South-Asia and South Asian diaspora, Muslim girlhoods, Third world feminism(s)

Active Research projects: 


This project 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.


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

Hussain, S (2019) Social justice, politics of authorization and agency: A hybrid theoretical framework to study contemporary Muslim femininity, Womens Studies International Forum, Volume 74, May–June 2019, Pages 188-195

Hussain, S, and N. Hussein (2019) The (im) possibility of decolonising gender in South Asia: a reading of Bollywood’s ‘new women’. Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal (2019): 1-19.

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)


Hussain, S and N. Hussein (eds.) (2019) Border thinking gender in South Asia, Third World Thematic (a Third World Quarterly Journal). (Forthcoming end 2019)

Hussain, S and R. Yunus (2020) (eds.)  Interrogating education and Right-wing populism: Theories, practice, policy and pedagogic resistance’, British Educational Research Journal (Forthcoming mid 2020)

 Hussain, S (2019) Good girls and respectable Families: Symbolic Capital and Cultural Authorization among Muslims in Assam, Gender and Education (minor revisions)

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

Vision Statement

I am a feminist sociologist with an interdisciplinary academic background in citizenship studies, sociology of education, and gender studies with a particular interest in theorizations of power and resistance in postcolonial contexts. My current Leverhulme Trust-funded research looks critically at changing contours of teacher’s professional identity in the light of their incorporation into the counter-terrorism agenda in the UK.

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Research Output

Bhal Suwali, Bhal Ghor: Muslim families pursuing cultural authorization in contemporary Assam

Hussain, S., 3 Jun 2020, In : Gender and Education. (In-press), p. (In-press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Contemporary Muslim Girlhoods in India: A Study of Social Justice, Identity and Agency in Assam

    Hussain, S., 6 Jun 2019, 1 ed. London: Routledge. 140 p. (Gender and Society)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Decolonising gender in South Asia: a border thinking perspective

    Hussein, N. & Hussain, S., 14 Dec 2019, In : Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal . 4, 4-5, p. 261-270 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The (im)possibility of decolonising gender in South Asia: a reading of Bollywood’s ‘new women’

    Hussain, S. & Hussein, N., 2019, In : Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal . 4, 4-5, p. 395-413 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    • 1 Editorial activity

    British Educational Research Journal (Journal)

    Saba Hussain (Guest Editor), Reva Yunus (Guest Editor)
    Apr 2019Dec 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity