Dr Aisha Phoenix is a Social Justice lecturer in the School of Education, Communication & Society at King's College London. Previously, she was the Post-Doctoral Researcher on the AHRC-funded ‘Re/presenting Islam on Campus Project’ at SOAS, University of London. 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 to a foreign audience. Before returning to academia, Aisha worked as a media and advertising reporter at Bloomberg News in London.
Her research interests focus on: colourism (skin shade prejudice); Muslim young people; perceptions of Islam; anti-Muslim racism and racism generally. In her work, she critically engages with issues of belonging and marginalisation and social justice. She is particularly interested in narrative approaches to understanding social issues.
Her peer-reviewed articles have appeared in Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Feminist Review and YOUNG: Nordic Journal of Youth Research.