Academic Profile

People Feature

Rufaida Al Hashmi

Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Politics

I am a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. Prior to this, I received my DPhil in Politics (Political Theory) from the University of Oxford, where I was funded by a Clarendon Scholarship. 

My work is in normative political theory, and my main research interests are the ethics of migration, global justice, and discrimination.  

My book project, Immigration and Discrimination, examines how borders are open for some and closed for others. I focus on some of the most significant and common ways that states select immigrants – such as by ethnicity, gender, and nationality – in order to develop an account of both direct and indirect discrimination in immigration policy. I argue that we gain two things from examining discrimination in immigration policy. First, we can see that dominant practices of immigrant selection in countries in the Global North are discriminatory. Second, we gain a better understanding of how states are morally permitted to select among immigrants. 

Rufaida Al Hashmi