Departmental Lecturer in Cultural Geography

Academic Profile

I completed my BA (Hons) in Human Sciences at Magdalen College, University of Oxford (2014) during which I received a scholarship to study at Stanford University's Sophomore College. I then completed my MA at School of Oriental and African Studies (2015), after which I pursued my PhD at University College London, which I have recently successfully defended (July 2019). During the final year of my PhD I was a VAR fellow at Yale University's Department of Anthropology under Professor Marcia Inhorn's supervision. Since 2019, I have been teaching and lecturing at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London, and the University of Edinburgh. At Edinburgh I was also the Deputy Programme Director for Social Research. In 2022, I joined Oxford University's School of Geography and Environment as a Departmental Lecturer, associated with Mansfield College.

I am also keen to channel my research findings into policies that can make positive social change at the grassroots level. I founded the Equality Act Review in 2018 to protect and improve the Equality Act 2010 in order to create a just, fair, and equal society for all. I conduct various equality research through the organisation and employ this in the influencing of policy, by advising and briefing MPs and Ministers. I previously worked as a researcher for the APPG on Muslim Women and APPG British Muslims.

Current Research

Research Interests

Migration and Diaspora Studies, Race and Racialisation, Masculinity Studies, Inequality and Social Mobility, British Muslims, Anthropology of Gender, Anthropology of Religions, Nationalism and Statehood, Anthropology of Policy and Practice, Liminality, Precarity and Waithood Studies, Ethnography, Intersectionality, Decolonisation, Employment and Discrimination Law.


Selected Publications

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Forthcoming books

  • Racialisation of Islam: British Muslims as Tools for Nation Making.
  • Bartered Bridegrooms: Muslims Masculinities in Transnational Marriage Migration.

Selected publications

Media features

  • Sky News: Equality Act 10 Years On report, July 2021.
  • ITV News: New report shows predicted grades could unfailrly predict futurees of students. June 2020.
  • Huffington Post: If my grades were predicted I would never have studied at Oxford and Yale, June 2020.
  • Channel 4 News: Over 100,000 exam results to be upgraded after Scottish government u-turn, August 2020.
  • Huffington Post: This years disastrous A-level results are just the beginning of catastrophe, August 2020.
  • Byline Times: The exam grading system stille xacerbates inequality despite Williamson's u-turn, August 2020.