Dr Tania Saeed is Associate Professor of Sociology at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

She is trained as a qualitative researcher with a focus on Comparative and International Education, examining education in relation to securitization, citizenship and social justice. Her work ranges from exploring Islamophobia and securitization in the context of universities in the UK, to the increasing securitization of education in Pakistan.

She is the author of Islamophobia and Securitization. Religion, Ethnicity and the Female Voice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), and the co-author of Youth and the National Narrative. Education, Terrorism and the Security State in Pakistan (Bloomsbury UK, 2020). She is the elected Chair for the South Asia Special Interest Group (SA SIG) at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) (2019-21). She has been consulting on donor led education projects in Pakistan, and has engaged with policy makers, contributing to policy reports and discussions on Islamophobia in the US and the UK.

Her more recent research explores ideologies of exclusion within educational institutions: the first project focuses on school curriculum, textbooks and teaching through a qualitative exploration of government, low fee private and refugee schools in Pakistan; the second project focuses on neoliberalism and Higher Education in Pakistan, examined through student, academic and administrative narratives of the changing university in relation to internationalization and global competition.

She is also the Co-Investigator for the Education, Justice and Memory (EdJam) Network funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) UKRI Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) Network Plus (2020-2024). The project brings together academics and civil society partners across Pakistan, Uganda, Cambodia, Columbia and the UK in exploring innovative pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning about violent histories in order to understand the possibility of “memory work” within peace education and beyond educational institutions.

Saeed has a DPhil (PhD) in Education from the University of Oxford where she was a Wingate scholar (2011-2012), and an HEC Pakistan Overseas PhD scholar (2008-2011), and an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalization from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). 

Saeed, T. (2020). Book Review: Veiling in fashion. Space and the Hijab in minority communities. Journal European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, 7 (2), 221-223, doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/23254823.2020.1741165.

Saeed, T. & Johnson, D. (2016). Intelligence, Global Terrorism and Higher Education: neutralising threats or alienating allies?. British Journal of Educational Studies, 64 (1), 37-51, doi:10.1080/00071005.2015.1123216.

Saeed, T. (2016). Islamophobia and the British Security Agenda. Global Dialogue Magazine of International Sociological Association, 7 (2).

Brown, K. & Saeed, T. (2015). Radicalization and Counter-Radicalization at British Universities: Encounters and Alternatives. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38 (11), 1952-1968, doi:10.1080/01419870.2014.911343.

Neithammer, C., Saeed, T., Mohamed, S. & Charafi & Charafi, Y. (2007). Women Entrepreneurs and Access to Finance in Pakistan. Women's Policy Journal of Harvard, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 4, 1-12.

Saeed, T. (2019). Resisting Islamophobia. Muslim youth activism in the UK, Published. P. Morey, A. Yakin, and A. Forte (Eds.), Contesting Islamophobia: Anti-Muslim Prejudice in Media, Culture and Politics, Bloomsbury.

Saeed, T. (2019). Islamophobia and the Muslim Student: Disciplining the Intellect, Published. I. Awan and I. Zempi (Eds.), The Routledge International Handbook of Islamophobia, Routledge.

Saeed, T. (2018). Islamophobia in Higher Education: Muslim students and the 'Duty of Care', Published. J. Arday and H. S. Mirza (Eds.), Dismantling Race in Higher Education. Racism, Whiteness and Decolonising the Academy, (pp. 233-250), Palgrave.

Saeed, T. (2017). Muslim Narratives of Schooling in Britain: From 'Paki' to the 'Would-Be Terrorist', Published. M.M. Ghaill, and C. Haywood (Eds.), Education, Neo-liberalism and Muslim Students: Schooling a 'Suspect Community', (pp. 217-231), Palgrave.

Saeed, T. (2017). Education and Disengagement: Extremism and the Perception of Muslim students, Published. F. Panjwani, L. Revell, R. Gholami and M. Diboll (Eds.), Education and Extremisms: Rethinking liberal pedagogies in the contemporary world, Routledge.

Saeed, T. (2014). Islamophobia, Published. John Scott (Eds.), A Dictionary of Sociology, Fourth Edition, Oxford University Press.

Lall, M. & Saeed, T. (2020). Youth and the National Narrative. Education, Terrorism and the Security State in Pakistan, Bloomsbury.

Saeed, T. (2016). Islamophobia and Securitization: Religion, Ethnicity and the Female Voice. (Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series), Palgrave.

Saeed, T. (2018). Book Launch: Islamophobia and Securitization. Religion, Ethnicity and the Female Voice. Comparative and International Studies (CIES) Conference, Mexico City, Mexico.

Saeed, T. (2018). Ideology and the curriculum: Exploring the case of Urdu textbooks in government schools in Punjab, Pakistan. 47th Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin, Wisconsin.

Saeed, T. (2017). Teacher Ideology and Inclusive Education: Teaching Towards (In)Tolerance. Comparative and International Studies (CIES) Conference 2017, Atlanta, United States of America.

Saeed, T. (2017). Securitizing the curriculum: Education reforms under the Punjab government in Pakistan. UKFIET, Education and Development Conference, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Saeed, T. (2015). Islamophobia: Experiential Accounts of Pakistani and British Pakistani Muslim Women in England. British Sociological Association (BSA), Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Saeed, T. (2014). Beyond the 'vulnerable': Islamic societies and Muslim student activism in English universities. British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS), Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Saeed, T. (2012). Islamophobia? Narratives of Pakistani and British Pakistani women in universities in England. Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) Graduate Colloquium, Oxford, United Kingdom.