Anastasia Vakulenko is interested in human rights and critical theory. One particular direction of her research has been Islamic dress, gender and human rights. While at Dundee, she provided advice to the Scottish Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service on their guidance on the treatment of a witness, accused or defendant who wears a full facial covering in the course of criminal proceedings. Her monograph, entitled Islamic Veiling in Legal Discourse, examines the Islamic veiling issue for what it reveals about western perceptions of human rights, gender, agency and religion. Anastasia’s current research explores how freedom of religion in domestic and international human rights law is configured by a particular post-Christian understanding of secularism and religion, which does not always adequately represent the reality of religious experience.