Dr Shaminder Takhar
Associate Professor in Sociology
Telephone:020 7815 5748
School/Division:Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Dr Shaminder Takhar is Associate Professor in Sociology in the Division of Social Sciences, School of Law and Social Sciences, and teaches across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Her research interests and publications are centred around race, ethnicity, gender, sexualities, education and social justice.
Dr Takhar is the convenor of the Division of Social Sciences seminar series and research ethics co-ordinator for the School of Law and Social Sciences. She is the co-chair of the equality network for BME staff (EquiNet) and is a member of the Athena SWAN working group, the Race Equality Charter Mark working group and the EDI Steering Group.
Dr Takhar is a member of the Local Government Commission set up by The Fawcett Society and Local Government Information Unit in May 2016 which has been gathering evidence for final recommendations regarding women’s representation at local government level, barriers to women’s participation, and diversity of representation as a result of devolution. She is also a member of the Lambeth Equality Commission convened in September 2016.
A sole authored book, "Gender, Ethnicity and Political Agency", was published in 2013 by Routledge and nominated for the FWSA book prize in January 2014. Dr Takhar has recently edited a book, "Gender and Race Matter", published by Emerald Books, and has supervised doctoral students on a range of areas such as Anne Boleyn as a feminist icon and human trafficking in Bangladesh.
BSc (Hons) Sociology
Level 4 (Year 1)
- Issues in Contemporary Sociology
Level 5 (Year 2)
- Social Theory and Modernity
- Sociology of Race, Ethnicity and Racism
- The Environment, Sustainability and Politics
Level 6 (Year 3)
- Race, Culture and identity
She previously taught on the following degrees.
BA Film Studies
- Reading the Screen I
- Reading the Screen II
- Popular Indian Cinema
MSc Research Methods
- Researching the agenda
Dr Takhar has supervised doctoral students on a range of subjects and welcomes PhD applications related to her research interests: gender, race, political agency, education and sexuality.
Dr Takhar’s research interests and publications are centred around race, gender, sexuality, education and social justice. She completed her PhD in 2003 on ‘South Asian Women and the Construction of Political Identity’ and has carried out research funded by the British Academy on the under-representation of South Asian women in UK local politics. The findings were published in November 2013 in the Women’s International Studies Forum journal.
Dr Takhar is the sole author of "Gender, Ethnicity and Political Agency" (Routledge) and her interest in global gender equality, rights and women’s activism has led to a recently edited book, "Gender and Race Matter" (Emerald). She has also researched minority ethnic women’s experiences of higher education, religion and sexuality, and emotions in research.
Dr Takhar’s current research is focused on sexuality and human rights in postcolonial societies where under colonial laws same sex remains a crime, and the role of cultural forms (literature and film) to challenge representations of race. Although cultural forms do not necessarily herald greater freedom from oppression and injustice, the main argument is that they challenge powerful discourses related to race, gender and sexuality.
- Member of the British Sociological Association
- Previously a member of the European Sociological Association and the American Sociological Association
- BSA Research Group member: Education, Gender, Race and Ethnicity, Sexual; Divisions
Dr Takhar is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the BSA journal Sociology and has previously served as an Associate Board member. She has experience as an external examiner for degree validation / PhD viva examination, and has acted as a peer referee for the AHRC and Leverhulme Trust. Dr Takhar has extensive experience of peer reviewing book manuscripts and book proposals for a range of publishers (Routledge, OUP, Palgrave Macmillan), and journal articles for a range of academic journals (Sociology, Gender and Education, Ethnic and Racial Studies, British Journal of Sociology).
Dr Takhar is a member of the Local Government Commission set up by The Fawcett Society and Local Government Information Unit in May 2016 which has been gathering evidence for final recommendations regarding women’s representation at local government level, barriers to women’s participation and diversity of representation as a result of devolution. She is also a member of the Lambeth Equality Commission convened in September 2016 that is looking into areas such as young people in education and employment.
Dr Takhar has experience of consultancy work through membership of the management committees of Greenwich Asian Women's Project and Rights of Women. She is currently a member of Rights of Women, IMKAAN and Race on the Agenda. She has presented a wide range of conference papers at national and international conferences. She has also co-organised a range of conferences:
- Gender and Education Association
- Compelling Diversities, Educational Intersections: Policy, Practice, Parity
- A Conducive Context? Misogyny, Inequality, Violence (with the London Feminist Network)
- Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice: Strategies for (with the University of Southampton)
- Honor Diaries screening/panel (with the LSBU School of Arts and Creative Industries, Oxfam and Mantis World).