I grew up in the small city of Aligarh in India and studied at Aligarh Muslim University where I became politically involved in issues of gender equality. I took up Women’s Studies as one of my subsidiary subjects. My interest in the area led me to a Master’s in Gender, Media and Culture at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I then worked as Equality and Diversity Adviser at the London School of Economics and Political Science for five years while also writing about gender and race issues as a freelance journalist for The Guardian, New Statesman, Open Democracy, etc.
At Cambridge, I'm researching emerging anxieties and subjectivities around gender and class in urban India through a qualitative study of lower middle class women in paid work in the neighbourhood of Khirki in New Delhi. In doing so, I will study the changing attitudes to women’s work in urban India – while previously gender segregation may have been seen as a luxury and therefore desirable, women’s work is now, alongside women’s education, a sign of becoming part of the modern urban middle class. I intend to explore how women in paid work negotiate their mobility in the city and what these negotiations mean for the co-constitution of gender and class in urban India.
Aligarh Muslim University
London School of Economics & Political Science (Un