SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Rahul Rao

BA, LLB (India); DPhil (Oxon)
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Expertise
  • Publications


Rahul Rao
Department of Politics and International Studies

Reader in Political Theory

Centre for Gender Studies


Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice


SOAS South Asia Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute

Dr Rahul Rao
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
On Sabbatical:


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.

SOAS students: book office hours on Google Calendar


Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Abeera Khan, Queer Muslim Subjecthoods: Mapping London's Contested Landscape
  • Cornelis Rijneveld, High Fun: An ethnography of HIV risk and stigma among queer men in urban India (working title)
  • Hanna Al Taher, Gendered Citizenship in Jordan: Imagining, Claiming, Resisting Belonging
  • Hinni Aarninsalo,
  • Jacquelyn P. Strey, Queer Moments, Queer Imaginings: The everyday activism of queer women in India
  • Lars Olav Aaberg, Queer Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Practice: an Ethnographic Study of Queer Politics in India’s Information City
  • Leon Nelson Kunz, Thesis title: Deliberative Democracy in Social Movements in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
  • Maia Holtermann Entwistle, “Petro-Culture: Cultural Infrastructure and Liberal Power in the Arab Gulf States”
  • Naseeba Umar, Queer Subjectivity and Sexual Governance
  • Paul Kaletsch, The Recent Aftermath of "Unsuccessful" Contemporary East Asian Urban Student Protests?
  • Sena Galazzi Lian, Saving' Myanmar One Day at a Time: the Everyday Lives of NGO Workers in Yangon (Working title)
  • Yuan Zhong, How do gender norms influence the marriages between tongzhi and tongqi?


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


For help in contacting SOAS academics and advice on services to business and the community, please contact SOAS Enterprise on +44(0)20 7898 4837 or email
For all press and media enquiries please call +44 (0)20 7898 4135 or email

Available for
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Press
  • Briefings
  • Special Study Programmes
  • Short Term Consultancy
  • Long Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • Global
  • South Asia
Country Expertise


The source of publications is currently unavailable. Please try again later.