Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice & Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Rahul Rao

Key information

Department of Politics and International Studies Reader in Political Theory Member Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice Member Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
BA, LLB (India); DPhil (Oxon)
Russell Square: College Buildings


Rahul Rao is the author of Out of Time: The Queer Politics of Postcoloniality (2020) and Third World Protest: Between Home and the World (2010), both published by Oxford University Press. He is currently writing a book on the politics of controversial statues. He is a member of the Radical Philosophy collective and blogs occasionally at The Disorder of Things. He has research interests in international relations, postcolonial and queer theory, gender and sexuality, and South Asia.

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Research interests

International relations theory, critical theory (especially postcolonial and queer theory), comparative political thought, gender and sexuality, South Asia.

PhD Supervision

Name Title
Lars Olav Aaberg Queer Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Practice: an Ethnographic Study of Queer Politics in India’s Information City
Hinni Aarninsalo
Hanna Al Taher Gendered Citizenship in Jordan: Imagining, Claiming, Resisting Belonging
Mrs Sena Galazzi Lian Saving' Myanmar One Day at a Time: the Everyday Lives of NGO Workers in Yangon (Working title)
Maia Holtermann Entwistle “Petro-Culture: Cultural Infrastructure and Liberal Power in the Arab Gulf States”
Mr Leon Nelson Kunz Thesis title: Deliberative Democracy in Social Movements in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Cornelis Rijneveld High Fun: An ethnography of HIV risk and stigma among queer men in urban India (working title)
Jacquelyn P. Strey Queer Moments, Queer Imaginings: The everyday activism of queer women in India
Naseeba Umar Queer Subjectivity and Sexual Governance
Yuan Zhong How do gender norms influence the marriages between tongzhi and tongqi?