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Dr Yasmeen Narayan


Academic background

  • Yasmeen Narayan is a Lecturer in Postcolonial and Psychosocial Studies. She is Director of the Culture Diaspora Ethnicity MA programme and convenor of the Race Forum at Birkbeck.
  • Her first degree was in Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex. She then completed her Masters also in Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London before completing her PhD in Sociology at the Centre for Urban and Community Research in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths where she was also a Visiting Lecturer.
  • Yasmeen has developed research interests in histories of ‘race’ and racism; racialisation, psychoanalysis and postcoloniality; urban multiculture; criminalisation, imprisonment and addiction; postcolonial elites; Caribbean creolisation; 'sexuality' and ethnography.

Research and teaching

Research interests

  • Histories of ‘race’ and racism
  • Racialisation, psychoanalysis and postcoloniality
  • Urban multiculture
  • Criminalisation and imprisonment
  • Addiction
  • Postcolonial elites
  • Caribbean creolisation
  • 'Gender and sexuality'
  • Ethnography


  • One branch of her research centres on racialisation, psychoanalysis and postcoloniality, contemporary political communities and urban cultures. A second emerging area focuses on criminalisation and imprisonment in postcolonial Britain.

Research Listings

  • Yasmeen is convenor of the Race Forum at Birkbeck which is a public site for discussions about ‘race’ and racism, class, multiculture and postcoloniality. It hosts seminars, symposia and reading groups which explore histories and legacies of empire and consider how local debates on 'race' and racism are shaped by the global geopolitics of the twenty-first century. It brings students and academics from different disciplines and institutions together with others outside the academy.



  • Yasmeen currently supervises PhD students in the areas of transnational Caribbean religious communities; empire, histories of criminalisation and deaths in custody and 'race', class and psychotherapeutic practice.


Journal articles

Professional Membership

  • Member of the British Sociological Association
  • Member of the British Sociological Association Race Forum
  • Member of the Postcolonial Studies Association

Contact details

Room 507, 30 Russell Square
Department of Psychosocial Studies
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1B 5DT

Tel: +44 (0)20 3073 8017