I am a PhD candidate in Sociology at the New School for Social Research, where I have also completed a graduate certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies. I use ethnographic and interview methods to study work, gender and sexuality, and social inequality.
My dissertation examines the flourishing yet stigmatized occupations of beauty and retail work in the context of Pakistan’s transition to a service economy and persisting taboos on women’s participation in the public sphere. My other project analyses how TikTok is enabling the unprecedented entry of women and sexual minorities into Pakistan’s digital public sphere. My research contributes to our understanding of social inequality and change by focusing on types of action that challenge gender hegemony without deliberately seeking to do so. You can read more about my research here.
I am currently a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow (2021-2022) and my research has been funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the New School for Social Research, the American Institute of Pakistan Studies, and the Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies at The New School.