Akanksha Mehta is a lecturer in international relations at the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex.
She teaches courses on gender, sexuality, race, postcolonial theory, and political violence. She finished her PhD at the Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS, writing a dissertation on the everyday politics of women in right-wing movements, specifically looking at Hindu Nationalist women in India and Zionist Israeli settlers in the West Bank, occupied Palestine.
Her research used ethnography, narratives, and visual methods to interrogate how gender and sexuality intersect with the politics and violence of the contemporary far-right.
She is also a photographer and artist who uses audio-visual practices to document and narrate the complexities, intricacies, and banalities of postcolonial life, migration, race, gender, and sexuality.
Supported by Amal – A Said Foundation Project