Wajiha Mehdi

Supervisor: Dr. Leonora Angeles

About

BA (Hons), Communicative English, Aligarh Muslim University (2011)
MA Human Rights, Aligarh Muslim University (2013)
MSc Development Studies, London South Bank University (2015)

Biography

Wajiha Mehdi is pursuing her PhD at Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at University of British Columbia. Her research interests include Islamophobia, rise of right-wing nationalism, geographies of domination and geographies of resistance. Specifically, her work studies how Muslim women negotiate access to public spaces in India at the intersection of rising nationalism and Islamophobia and how bodies materialize in space through affectual reading by other bodies. Her work exists at the intersection of postcolonial, critical race theory, intersectional feminist work to develop an understanding of Muslim subjectivity in India. At UBC, Wajiha holds the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, IDRC Doctoral Research Award, Graduate Global Leadership Fellowship and Nehru Humanitarian Award.

Wajiha has pursued Masters in Development Studies from London South Bank University which was funded by the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship. She also holds a Masters in Human Rights from Aligarh Muslim University, as well as, Bachelor’s in Communicative English from Aligarh Muslim University. At Aligarh Muslim University, Wajiha was elected as the only female Cabinet Member of AMU Students’ Union in 2011-12 where she worked and campaigned for equal facilities for female students.  Before joining UBC, Wajiha was working as an intern with United Nations Development Programme where she supported the documentation of Sustainable Development Goals, 2030 for the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Wajiha is also engaged in freelance journalism and writes on issues concerning gender, race and culture.


Awards

IDRC Doctoral Research Award (2020)|Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2019)|Nehru Humanitarian Award, UBC (2018)|Graduate Global Leadership Fellowship (2017)|Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice Graduate Fellowship, UBC (2017)|R. Howard Webster Graduate Fellowship (2017)|Awarded Commonwealth Shared Scholarship to pursue Masters’ programme in Development Studies at London South Bank University (2014)|Awarded Gold medal for the outstanding merit in Masters’ programme in Human Rights, Aligarh Muslim University (2014)


Additional Description

Wajiha Mehdi is pursuing her PhD at Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at University of British Columbia. Her research interests include Islamophobia, rise of right-wing nationalism, geographies of domination and geographies of resistance. Specifically, her work studies how Muslim women negotiate access to public spaces in India at the intersection of rising nationalism and Islamophobia and how bodies materialize in space through affectual reading by other bodies. Her work exists at the intersection of postcolonial, critical race theory, intersectional feminist work to develop an understanding of Muslim subjectivity in India. At UBC, Wajiha holds the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, IDRC Doctoral Research Award, Graduate Global Leadership Fellowship and Nehru Humanitarian Award.


Wajiha Mehdi

Supervisor: Dr. Leonora Angeles

BA (Hons), Communicative English, Aligarh Muslim University (2011)
MA Human Rights, Aligarh Muslim University (2013)
MSc Development Studies, London South Bank University (2015)

Biography

Wajiha Mehdi is pursuing her PhD at Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at University of British Columbia. Her research interests include Islamophobia, rise of right-wing nationalism, geographies of domination and geographies of resistance. Specifically, her work studies how Muslim women negotiate access to public spaces in India at the intersection of rising nationalism and Islamophobia and how bodies materialize in space through affectual reading by other bodies. Her work exists at the intersection of postcolonial, critical race theory, intersectional feminist work to develop an understanding of Muslim subjectivity in India. At UBC, Wajiha holds the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, IDRC Doctoral Research Award, Graduate Global Leadership Fellowship and Nehru Humanitarian Award.

Wajiha has pursued Masters in Development Studies from London South Bank University which was funded by the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship. She also holds a Masters in Human Rights from Aligarh Muslim University, as well as, Bachelor’s in Communicative English from Aligarh Muslim University. At Aligarh Muslim University, Wajiha was elected as the only female Cabinet Member of AMU Students’ Union in 2011-12 where she worked and campaigned for equal facilities for female students.  Before joining UBC, Wajiha was working as an intern with United Nations Development Programme where she supported the documentation of Sustainable Development Goals, 2030 for the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Wajiha is also engaged in freelance journalism and writes on issues concerning gender, race and culture.

IDRC Doctoral Research Award (2020)|Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2019)|Nehru Humanitarian Award, UBC (2018)|Graduate Global Leadership Fellowship (2017)|Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice Graduate Fellowship, UBC (2017)|R. Howard Webster Graduate Fellowship (2017)|Awarded Commonwealth Shared Scholarship to pursue Masters’ programme in Development Studies at London South Bank University (2014)|Awarded Gold medal for the outstanding merit in Masters’ programme in Human Rights, Aligarh Muslim University (2014)

Wajiha Mehdi is pursuing her PhD at Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at University of British Columbia. Her research interests include Islamophobia, rise of right-wing nationalism, geographies of domination and geographies of resistance. Specifically, her work studies how Muslim women negotiate access to public spaces in India at the intersection of rising nationalism and Islamophobia and how bodies materialize in space through affectual reading by other bodies. Her work exists at the intersection of postcolonial, critical race theory, intersectional feminist work to develop an understanding of Muslim subjectivity in India. At UBC, Wajiha holds the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, IDRC Doctoral Research Award, Graduate Global Leadership Fellowship and Nehru Humanitarian Award.

Wajiha Mehdi

Supervisor: Dr. Leonora Angeles

BA (Hons), Communicative English, Aligarh Muslim University (2011)
MA Human Rights, Aligarh Muslim University (2013)
MSc Development Studies, London South Bank University (2015)

Biography

Wajiha Mehdi is pursuing her PhD at Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at University of British Columbia. Her research interests include Islamophobia, rise of right-wing nationalism, geographies of domination and geographies of resistance. Specifically, her work studies how Muslim women negotiate access to public spaces in India at the intersection of rising nationalism and Islamophobia and how bodies materialize in space through affectual reading by other bodies. Her work exists at the intersection of postcolonial, critical race theory, intersectional feminist work to develop an understanding of Muslim subjectivity in India. At UBC, Wajiha holds the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, IDRC Doctoral Research Award, Graduate Global Leadership Fellowship and Nehru Humanitarian Award.

Wajiha has pursued Masters in Development Studies from London South Bank University which was funded by the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship. She also holds a Masters in Human Rights from Aligarh Muslim University, as well as, Bachelor’s in Communicative English from Aligarh Muslim University. At Aligarh Muslim University, Wajiha was elected as the only female Cabinet Member of AMU Students’ Union in 2011-12 where she worked and campaigned for equal facilities for female students.  Before joining UBC, Wajiha was working as an intern with United Nations Development Programme where she supported the documentation of Sustainable Development Goals, 2030 for the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Wajiha is also engaged in freelance journalism and writes on issues concerning gender, race and culture.

IDRC Doctoral Research Award (2020)|Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2019)|Nehru Humanitarian Award, UBC (2018)|Graduate Global Leadership Fellowship (2017)|Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice Graduate Fellowship, UBC (2017)|R. Howard Webster Graduate Fellowship (2017)|Awarded Commonwealth Shared Scholarship to pursue Masters’ programme in Development Studies at London South Bank University (2014)|Awarded Gold medal for the outstanding merit in Masters’ programme in Human Rights, Aligarh Muslim University (2014)

Wajiha Mehdi is pursuing her PhD at Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at University of British Columbia. Her research interests include Islamophobia, rise of right-wing nationalism, geographies of domination and geographies of resistance. Specifically, her work studies how Muslim women negotiate access to public spaces in India at the intersection of rising nationalism and Islamophobia and how bodies materialize in space through affectual reading by other bodies. Her work exists at the intersection of postcolonial, critical race theory, intersectional feminist work to develop an understanding of Muslim subjectivity in India. At UBC, Wajiha holds the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, IDRC Doctoral Research Award, Graduate Global Leadership Fellowship and Nehru Humanitarian Award.