Rukhsar Hussain


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Personal Statement

I am a full-time PhD researcher in English at the University of Strathclyde, funded by the University of Strathclydes' Humanities and Social Sciences school (HaSS doctoral scholarship). My research focuses on the representations of hijras in the mainstream Indian cinema, literary fiction and life writing. Hijras are members of a non-binary community in the Indian subcontinent, mostly regarded as the third-gender. My  research also draws on fieldwork with members of the hijra community in Delhi and aims to bring new ways of thinking about gender and sexuality from South Asia. I am motivated towards working for gender and all kinds of social inequalities, with a particlaur interest in postcolonialism. 


I am the vice chair of MeCCSA Postgraduate Network; co-organiser of University of Strathclyde's Feminist Seminar Series and a member of New Voices in Postcolonial Studies. I am also the PGR English student represeantative (2020-2021), student mentor and a graduate teaching assistant. 

I have also volunteered at a Delhi-based NGO, Aarohan on the sepcial project on Hijras, and at the Glasgow Feminist Film Festival, Femspectives


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, Miranda House College, University of Delhi

21 Jul 201520 May 2017

Award Date: 20 May 2017

Bachelor of Arts, Gargi College, University of Delhi

21 Jul 201220 May 2015

Award Date: 20 May 2015

External positions

Vice Chair, MeCCSA

1 Feb 202130 Oct 2021

Co-ordinator, Aarohan

23 Oct 201730 Aug 2018

English teacher, Hamdard Public School

1 Sep 201715 Jun 2018


  • Gender Studies
  • Third gender
  • Postcolonialism
  • Feminism


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  • Women in Sufism

    Hussain, R., 31 Jan 2022, In: SPARK. Connections and Divisions, 7, 16 p.

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  • Hijra representations in Bollywood: adoption and legal discourses

    Hussain, R., 1 Jun 2021, In: Adoption & Culture. 9, 2, p. 276-297 22 p.

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