Dr. Sundas Ali is a Lecturer in Political Sociology and Politics of Southeast Asia. She has been teaching students at Oxford for the last 10 years through one-to-one/paired tutorials, revision classes and seminars. She has developed teaching material, designed and constructed teaching syllabuses, and supervised dissertations. She is a political sociologist but has taught a range of other courses within the Politics syllabus including, theory of politics, comparative government, South Asian politics, Middle Eastern politics and European politics.
Her research areas are identity, belonging, and citizenship using mixed methods, quantitative and qualitative. She completed her doctorate (DPhil) in in Sociology from Nuffield College, Oxford. Her doctoral thesis entitled “Identities and Sense of Belonging of Muslims in Britain”, was based on a mixture of research methods, using survey data (specifically the Citizenship Survey and Ethnic Minority British Election Study), cognitive survey methodology interviews, and in-depth qualitative interviews, with first, second, and third generation Muslims living in Britain, mostly of a Pakistani ethnic origin. She has recently published a co-authored report, titled ‘Identity, Belonging, and Citizenship in Urban Britain’. Before this, she published a report titled, ‘British Muslims in Numbers’.
Among her other publications are an article on the way opinion polling data on Muslims is reported in newspapers in the journal Ethnicities, an article on how to test the national identity argument empirically in the journal European Political Science Review, a chapter on the politics of Islamic identities in the Handbook of Identity Studies and a chapter on identity and public opinion in the book Race and Ethnicity in the 21st Century.
As part of her research, she is also doing projects for government departments and has completed a project on the future of identities in the UK for the Government Office for Science. She also worked with the team conducting the 2010 Ethnic Minority British Election Survey and carried out policy work for the Aga Khan Foundation on minority groups in Britain.
She engages with the media on a regular basis to inform discussions with insights from her research.