Department of Education

Afia Ahmed Chaudhry

Doctoral Student

College Affiliation: Regent's Park College

Afia Ahmed Chaudhry is a deputy head of history, published writer, and researcher. Her interests span social mobility, British Muslims in urban classrooms, educational theory, and curriculum development. She was recently published in the best-selling anthology, ‘It’s Not About the Burqa’, later serialised in The Times, and has written extensively on British Muslims, Education, and ideology for an equitable society. At present, Afia is writing alongside Fordham et.al., for a history textbook focussed on the secondary curriculum.

Afia has delivered keynotes on Islamophobia and policy in the classroom, diversity and inclusivity in education, classrooms as safe-spaces, and school history as a shared historical experience.

Afia completed her undergraduate degree at SOAS, University of London (2016), and later went on to study at King’s College London (2018) and the UCL’s Institute of Education (2020). She is currently an Aziz Foundation and Regents Park scholar at Oxford, exploring identity formation in British classrooms.

Book Chapter

Chaudhry, A.A., 2019. “The Clothes of my Faith”, In: Its Not About the Burqa. PanMacmillan. 65-71

Publications

Chaudhry, A.A, 2019. The Hijab And Me. [online] The Times. Available at: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/afia-ahmed-explains-her-complicated-relationship-with-the-hijab-f83gd8nlv

Chaudhry, A.A., 2018. Young Muslims, Islamophobia, and the ‘Broken Promise’ of Social Mobility. [online] Amaliah. Available at: https://www.amaliah.com/post/31012/young-muslims-islamophobia-broken-promise-social-mobility

Chaudhry, A.A., 2018. Countering Islamophobia through Transformative Pedagogy. [online] Amaliah. Available at: https://www.amaliah.com/post/38102/countering-islamophobia-transformative-teaching

Chaudhry, A.A., 2017. “The Job You Want or The Job You Think You Should Have”: Understanding Young Muslims’ Aspirations. [online] CfEY. Available at: https://cfey.org/2017/09/job-want-job-think-understanding-young-muslims-aspirations/

Thesis

Empires and Education: In Pursuit of Identity – Making a case for Islamic History in British Schools

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