Dr Ali is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the LSE. She previously taught at Goldsmiths College, the Institute of Education and University of Greenwich. Her main theoretical interests focus upon feminist postcolonial theory, psychoanalysis, research methodologies, visual culture, and theories of identification and embodiment. Her work centralises the interplay between gender, sexualities, 'race' and class and she has published work that engages these issues through research in education and family life. Whilst continuing to work within these areas her current research explores processes of racialisation with specific regard to 'racial science' and technologies, family life and kinship, and postcoloniality.
She continues to engage with issues of intersectionality in education through activities attached to her role as Chair of the Schools Undergraduate Studies Sub-Committee.
She is an active member of the Runnymede Trust Academic Forum
Edwards, R; Ali, S.; Caballero, C and Song, M (eds.) (2012) International Perspectives on Racial and Ethnic Mixedness and Mixing. London and New York: Routledge
Ali, S., Coate, K. and wa Goro, W. (eds.) (2000) Global Feminist Politics: Identities in a Changing World. London and New York: Routledge.
Mixed-Race, Post-Race: Gender, New Ethnicities and Cultural Practices.
The Politics of Gender and Education: Critical Perspectives. (co-edited with Shereen Benjamin and Wangui wa Goro)
Palgrave Press. 2003
Articles and book chapters
Ali, S. (2014) 'Governing Multicultural Populations and Family Life.' British Journal of Sociology. 65 (1) ISSN 0007-1315 print/1468-4446 online.
Ali, S. (2013) 'Multicultural families: Deracializing transracial adoption.' Critical Social Policy First published online DOI: 10.1177/0261018313493160
Ali, S. and Coate, K. (2013) 'Impeccable Advice: supporting women academics through supervision and mentoring'. Gender and Education (Special Issue: Tribute to Diana Leonard) 25(1): 23-36.
Ali, S. (2012) ‘The Sense of Memory’ in Feminist Review, Special Edition 100th edition. Pp 88 - 105
Ali, S (2012) 'Mixed Race Politics’ for Special Section in Annales: Journal of Social Sciences 21 pp 237-248
Ali, S. et. al (2010)’ Intersectionality, Black British feminism and resistance in education: a roundtable discussion’ in Gender and Education, Volume 22, Number 6, November 2010 , pp. 647-661(15)
Ali, S (2009) ‘Black feminist praxis: some reflections on pedagogies and politics
in higher education’ in Race Ethnicity and Education 12 (1)
Ali, S. (2008) Troubling Times: A Comment on Judith Butler’s ‘Sexual Politics, Torture and Secular Time’. British Journal of Sociology 59(1)
Ali, S. (2007 ) ‘Feminist and Postcolonial: challenging knowledge’ in Ethnic and Racial Studies. 30 (2) pp 191-212
'Racialising Research: Managing Power and Politics?' in Ethnic and Racial Studies Special Issue on 'Ethnography and Race: Writing Difference'. Vol 29, No. 3, May (2006)
'Uses of the Exotic: Body, Narrative, Mixedness' in Alexander, C. and Knowles, C. (eds.) Gendering Race, Racing Gender Basingstoke. Palgrave Macmillan (2005 )
'To Be A Girl: Culture and Class in Schools' in Gender and Education Special Edition on Working Class Femininities. Sep 2003 vol 15 issue 03 (2003)
'Reading Racialised Bodies: Learning to see Difference' in Thomas, H. and Ahmed, J.(eds.)(2003) Cultural Bodies: Ethnography and Theory. London and New York: Blackwell (2003)
'Friendships, Fandom and Power: Gender and Cultural Expertise' in Epstein, D and Hey, V (eds.) Discourse: The Journal of Culture in Education. Special Edition on Friendship. August (2002)