Avtar Brah is Professor Emerita at Birkbeck College, University of London. She graduated from the University of California at Davis and obtained a Masters degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, USA. She completed her PhD at Bristol University in the UK. She has published widely on questions of culture, identity, politics, race, class and gender. She is a pioneer in the field of Diaspora Studies. Her book Cartographies of Diaspora generated key debates in this field. Her work is informed by feminist and equality activism.
Her publications include the books Cartographies of Diaspora/ Contesting identities; Hybridity and its Discontents: politics, science, culture (co-edited with Annie Coombes); Thinking Identities: racism, ethnicity culture; and, Global Futures: migration, environment, and globalization (co-edited with Mary Hickman and Mairtin Mac an Ghail.
A recent article (with Aisha Gill) ‘ Interrogating Cultural Narratives about ‘Honour’-based Violence’ is published in the European Journal of Women’s Studies, May 2014, 21:72. Her keynote speech ‘ ‘Europe, Diaspora, and Multi-Ethnic Futures’ at a conference in November 2014 at Bucharest University of Economic Studies is published in Synergy 10. 2 (2014). An interview with her about the work of Stuart Hall is published in Discourse: Studies in the Cultural politics of Education 36.2 (April 2015) . Her work is profiled among that of key postcolonial thinkers in Conversations in Postcolonial Thought, edited by Katie Sian (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
She has been a Visiting Professor at University of California at Santa Cruz, and Cornell University, USA
She is a member of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK. In 2001 she was awarded the MBE for services to Race and Gender. She is a member of the Editorial Collective of the journal Feminist Review, and the International Editorial Board of the journal Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power.
Areas of interest
race and racism; gender, feminism and feminist theory; postcoloniality; class and youth; identity and belonging; migration, refugees, citizenship; expatriate and diasporic communities and collectives; gendered and sexual encounters