Scientia PhD Candidate, Research Assistant & Sessional Tutor
Sonia hails from Lahore, Pakistan and her PhD project looks at Pakistan's contemporary Legal Security regime from an ethnographic perspective. She is a Fulbright Masters Scholar (2013-2015) and an Australia Awards Fellow (2017-2018).
Sonia has worked extensively in both the legal and development fields in Pakistan, including as a human rights attorney, as a legal consultant for Punjab Commission on the Status of Women, and a Program Manager for Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency. She has also lectured at LUMS, and served as a tutor in Politics and Governance at UNSW. These roles combine her interest in the intersections of law, politics and critical social theory, and inform the interdisciplinary nature of her research.
Sonia is a current post-graduate representative for the South Asian Studies Association of Australia, part of the editorial committee of the South Asian studies blog "Chapati Mystery", and a co-organiser of the post-graduate Critical Theory Reading group at UNSW. She is also passionate about feminist politics, struggles around epistemic and material decolonisation and movements for economic justice. In her spare time, she enjoys reading Punjabi poetry and contemplating the alternative futurities inherent in it, and other indigenous and spiritual traditions.
Criminal Law, National Security laws and Policing, Legal Anthropology, Colonial and Postcolonial History, Critical Theory/Critical Legal Studies, South Asia
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