Department of Politics and International Studies

Samah Rafiq

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Department of Politics and International Studies Senior Teaching Fellow (Risk and Policy Analysis) Department of Politics and International Studies Teaching Fellow
Department of Politics and International Studies
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Samah Rafiq submitted her PhD thesis in international politics at the Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, Jawaharlal Nehru University, in August 2022. She was a predoctoral visiting fellow at Yale University’s MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies for the academic year 2019-20. She works on bordering and mobility control practices – their evolution, their securitization via the introduction of algorithmic technologies and risk management, and their increasing privatization. She has worked on migration policy in India as a researcher at the think tank India Centre for Migration. She is currently working on publishing her PhD research. She is the Convenor for the PG module Risk and Policy Analysis.

Key publications

Journal article:

Rafiq, Samah. 2022. Linear borders, partition and identity in postcolonial South Asia. Geopolitics. 27 (2): 478-500. DOI: 10.1080/14650045.2020.1757652.


Rafiq, Samah. 2020. Open borders: scapegoat in COVID-19 response. Yale Global. Published online on 9 April 2020. URL:

Rafiq, Samah. 2018. Crossing international borders: how mobile is the South Asian individual? NewsClick, published online on 23 March 2018, URL:

Rafiq, Samah. 2016. Networks of rebellion: explaining insurgent cohesion and collapse. Civil Wars. 18(4):538-541. DOI: 10.1080/13698249.2017.1296807.

Research interests

Borders, Migration, Risk analysis and management, South Asia, IR theory

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