Dr Maryyum Mehmood BA, MA, PhD

Dr Maryyum Mehmood

Department of Theology and Religion
Teaching Fellow
Centre Facilitator, Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion

Contact details

ERI Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am a socio-political analyst, cultural commentator and interfaith mentor.


  • PhD War Studies, King’s College London (2018)
  • MA South Asia & Global Security, King’s College London (2013)
  • BA (Hons.) Politics, SOAS, University of London (2012)


I joined The Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion at the University of Birmingham in July 2019. I work alongside the Director to harness and implement the strategy and vision of the Centre, and to manage the multiple projects we have running at the Centre.

Prior to this, I have served as Research Associate at St Benet's Hall, University of Oxford, Teaching Fellow in Politics and International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and a Senior Teaching Assistant in International Relations at King's College London. 

In 2018, I completed an ESRC-funded PhD studentship at the Department of War Studies, King's College London. My thesis explores Antisemitism and Islamophobia through the target's lens. My research focuses on responses to religious and racial stigmatisation, and prejudice against Muslims in contemporary England and Jews in Weimar Germany, respectively. Currently, I contribute to a range of research subjects in academic journals as well as international media outlets.


My areas of specialism broadly include:

  • Prejudice and Racialization of Religious Identities
  • Multiculturalism, Ethnic Heritage & Diaspora
  • Interfaith and Sectarian Harmony
  • Radicalisation and Counter-Extremism

Other activities

Select Talks and Conferences

  • Report Launch ‘Islamophobia in Europe: How governments are enabling the far-right ‘counter-jihad’ movement,’ Guest speaker for Spinwatch, Houses of Parliament, Mar 2019. 
  • ‘Soft power, interfaith, and the UK’s place in the world post-Brexit,’ Chair, Annual Interfaith Summit London, The Faith and Belief Forum, Nov 2018.
  • ‘Islamophobia, Antisemitism & Racism: Understanding Racialization of Muslim & Jewish Identities,’ 9th Annual Islamophobia Studies Conference, UC Berkeley, Apr 2018.
  • ‘Faith and Human Rights,’ Panellist, Open Society, London, Feb 2017. 

‘Islamist Radicalisation in Europe,’ Guest speaker, King’s Think Tank, London, Mar 2016. 

Extracurricular Activities 

Outside of academia, I have been active in community cohesion projects and interfaith work since 2010, in close collaboration with The Faith and Belief Forum.

My political analysis pieces regularly appear in print media, including The Guardian and The Telegraph. I have featured as a commentator on numerous television outlets, such as Channel 4, the BBC and TRT World.

I tweet @marymood. 


  • “Transnational Securitization of Identity: Distinctions between Securitization and ‘Othering’ of Shias in Bahrain and Pakistan,” co-authored with Dr Hasan Hafidh. Forthcoming, Global Discourse (Summer 2019).
  • ‘Resurgence of Baluch Nationalism in Pakistan: How can it be explained?’ South Asia Journal, (Issue, 14 Autumn 2015).
  •  ‘The Role of Self-Esteem in Understanding Prejudice’ Chapter 15 Muslims in Britain and Europe, Volume1, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (May 2015).
  • ‘Memory, Identity, and Extremism in the Ayodhya Dispute,’ E-IR, (April 2013).