Maria Rashid has completed her doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies in Politics and International Studies Her doctoral work explores service and death in the Pakistani Military and situates militarism as a set of gendered governing practices that not only control affective selves but also produce them by reworking affect and attachment through the concerns of the military.
Her monograph: Dying to Serve, Militarism, Affect and the Politics of Sacrifice in the Pakistan Army was published with Stanford University Press in 2020. Winner of the Barnard S. Cohn Book prize 2022 and shortlisted for the 2021 IPS and 2022 BASAS book awards, her book is a political ethnography that questions the everyday and intimate ways militarization cultivates the forms and feelings of citizenship, including the nation state's ability to rationalise wars through its most poignant burden, the deaths of its soldiers.
In addition to teaching at LSE, Maria Rashid is also a Research Fellow in the Partition of Identity (POI) project, a cross-university (UCL and LUMS) initiative that studies the Bengali community in Pakistan, tracing its history and exploring how its members traverse the space between being Pakistani and being Bengali.
A psychologist by training, Maria has worked with various national and international non-governmental organisations in Pakistan including heading a national women and child rights group for over 20 years. She continues to be involved in training and research around violence and masculinities and is associated with networks and collaboratives both in South Asia and the UK.