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Lecturer in Social Justice, King's College London

Dr Aisha Phoenix is a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow and 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, Body Image, Feminist Review and YOUNG: Nordic Journal of Youth Research.


  • –present
    Social Justice Lecturer, King's College London
  • 2016–2020
    Postdoctoral Researcher, SOAS, University of London


  • 2022
    Black Men's Experiences of Colourism in the UK (co-authored with N. Craddock), Sociology
  • 2020
    Scott-Baumann A et al. 'Islam on Campus: Contested Identities and the Cultures of Higher Education'. Co-authored monograph. , Oxford University Press
  • 2018
    From Text to Screen: Erasing Racialized Difference in the Handmaid’s Tale, Communication, Culture & Critique
  • 2018
    Negotiating British Muslim Belonging: A Qualitative Longitudinal Study, Ethnic and Racial Studies
  • 2014
    Colourism and the Politics of Beauty, Feminist Review
  • 2012
    Racialisation, relationality and riots: intersections and interpellations (co-authored with A. Phoenix), Feminist Review
  • 2011
    Somali Young Women and Hierarchies of Belonging, Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Research