SIDRA KAMRAN

SIDRA KAMRAN

ABOUT

I am a sociologist and PhD candidate at the New School for Social Research, where I have also completed a graduate certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Beginning in August 2022, I will be an Assistant Professor at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

I use ethnographic and interview methods to study work, gender and sexuality, and social class and am currently working on two projects. My book project 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 working-class women's digital practices on TikTok in Pakistan. You can read more about my research here.

My research has been funded by the American Council of Learned Societies, 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.