Hi, I’m Rushaa (pronounced Russia)!

In my spare time I love writing, whilst my day job is research.

If you’d like to comission me for work (whether an article or a qualitative methodology design) or chat about one of my ongoing projects drop me a line via one of the methods below!

Freelance research and analysis focused on issues of identity

Rushaa is a freelance socio-political researcher, and an occasional culture writer. Her work centres on identity tensions in the modern world, in particular how culture, race, religion, nationalism, gender, and sexuality all interact with each other and shape our social and political systems.

Her 2015 longread on vitiligo for Buzzfeed has over 160K views. Additional bylines can be found at Dazed and The Independent amongst others. In addition to her freelance work her most recent staff role was as the Special Projects Manager at Survation where she led UK minority population and complex research, including building and managing ethnicity and faith panels (such as representative UK Jewish and Muslim telephone panels) for opinion polling.


M.A. Politics & Society, University of Maastricht
(2016 – 2017)

Graduated cum laude. Degree focus on political and social impact of nationalism, populism, technology, and cultural conflicts within EEA region.

Courses of note: Democracy and Technology: Political Debates in a Technological Culture, The Politics of National Identity: Past and Present.

M.A. Thesis (Grade 8): Qualitative research project looking at self-identity construction of British LGBTQ Muslims with reference to post-9/11 dominant media and political portrayals of the UK Islamic community. Analysis was drawn from a series of in-depth interviews conducted with self-identified LGBTQ Muslims (recruitment of participants was also self-organised).

B.A. Politics, SOAS, University of London
(2010 – 2013)

Degree focus on Africa and the Middle East (including Chinese relations with the region) and conflict within communities and governments rooted in identity.

Courses of note: Government and Politics of China, Government and Politics of the Middle East, The State and Politics in Africa, Islam and Democracy.