Shireen Azam

I am an editor, researcher, and writer interested in the intersections of academia and journalism, and in making research accessible to a wider audience.

At the Economic & Political Weekly, I founded the digital initiative Engage, which reimagined the possibilities offered by the digital medium for visualising and communicating research. You can see some of the work produced under me here, here, here.

My research background has been interdisciplinary but centred around themes in political philosophy — specifically, conceptualising the fault lines of secularism in India. My writings have appeared in the Caravan Magazine, Indian Express, Mint, EPW, FirstPost, etc.

Currently, I write for various publications as a freelancer. I am due to start a Phd—on the invisibilisation of caste among Muslims—later this year at the University of Oxford.

My Work:

Caste in Muslim Autobiographies, Caravan Magazine

When Covering Up Becomes Rebellion, Mint Lounge

What Makes a “Believable” Sexual Harassment Victim?, FirstPost

How Zakir Naik Appropriated Liberalism’s Flaws—and Won, EPW

Too Close for Comfort, Indian Express

The Allegro That Didn’t Move: What the World Cup 2003 Meant to an Eleven-Year-Old in Ranchi, Caravan