Rabia Ali

Visiting Scholar

Rabia Ali is a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at PSTC for 2020. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the International Islamic University Islamabad. She received her PhD from the University of New South Wales Australia. 

Her broader research interests include gender, inequalities, women’s empowerment, women’s issues in the workplace and reproductive health. Her previous work examines women’s empowerment and social change in Pakistan through ethnography. She has researched challenges encountered by Pakistani women at workplaces in different domains. Her research highlights personal, cultural as well as organizational barriers that hamper women’s work in several ways.

Rabia’s Fulbright research focuses on Female Selective Abortion (FSA), son preference, and use of modern technologies in the context of Pakistan. She sees FSA as a means of gender discrimination which is detrimental for women’s health. Her research argues that the discourses of reproduction in Pakistan are gendered and are rooted in hegemonic masculinity and hence need to be investigated from the standpoint of women. Outside of work, Rabia is fond of cooking, traveling, community work, and spending quality time with her family.

Scholarly Interests

Gender, women's empowerment, reproductive health