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Dr Rufaida Al Hashmi


Module Convenor: Political Classics (PO2PHC)

Building location

Edith Morley

Areas of interest

My research interests lie in contemporary political theory. I am particularly interested in the ethics of migration, issues in global justice, and theories of discrimination.

My book project, Immigration and Discrimination, examines how borders are open for some and closed for others. It explores the morality of common criteria for the admission or exclusion of immigrants, such as economic contribution, national security, and integration potential. The book shows that we gain crucial insights for our understanding of the ethics of migration and global justice more generally by considering the ways in which borders are open and closed selectively, rather than simply open or closed


I am interested in supervising students working in contemporary political theory, especially on topics related to global justice.

Research centres and groups

Reading Ethics and Political Philosophy (REAPP)


I joined the Department of Politics and International Relations in 2023 as Lecturer in Political Theory. Prior to Reading, I was a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College at the University of Oxford (2022-2023). I completed my DPhil (PhD) in Political Theory also at Nuffield College.

Academic qualifications

DPhil in Politics (Political Theory), University of Oxford;

MSc in Political Theory Research, University of Oxford;

MA (Hons) in Philosophy and Economics, University of St Andrews

Professional bodies/affiliations

Associate Member, Nuffield College, University of Oxford

Selected publications

Al Hashmi, R. 2023. "Historical Injustice in Immigration Policy," Political Studies 71 (4): 1261-1276.

  • Honourable mention for the Harrison Prize for the best article published in Political Studies in 2023

Al Hashmi, R. 2022. "Lotteries and Immigration," Journal of Applied Philosophy 39 (2): 253-265.


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