Aisha PhoenixSOAS University of London
Aisha Phoenix is the Post-Doctoral Researcher on the AHRC-funded ‘Re/presenting Islam on Campus Project’, which is led by the Principal Investigator Professor Alison Scott-Baumann. Aisha has an ESRC-funded PhD in Sociology from Goldsmiths, University of London, Masters in Social Research (Goldsmiths) and Social Anthropology of Development (SOAS), a Postgraduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism (City) and a BA in Arabic and Modern Middle Eastern Studies (Oxford). Her PhD research was on how Palestinian university students narrate their lives under occupation. Before returning to academia, Aisha worked as a media and advertising reporter at Bloomberg News in London.
The politics of dress: Muslim women negotiating campus life
Muslim women are often the focus of discussions about Islam and gender, with heated debate on matters such as the headscarf and the status of women. There is a tendency for Muslim women to be stereotyped and homogenised in mainstream popular discourses. Aisha draws on data from the AHRC-funded Re/presenting Islam on Campus project to explore how the politics of dress affects both how Muslim women on campus construct their identities and how they experience and negotiate campus life.