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Dr Rufaida Al Hashmi

Module Convenor: Political Classics (PO2PHC)


Room 402

Building location

Edith Morley

Areas of interest

My research interests lie in contemporary political theory. I am particularly interested in the ethics of migration, 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 three common criteria for the selection or exclusion of immigrants: 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 shifting our focus to the ways in which borders are open and closed selectively.

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, where I also completed my DPhil (PhD) in Political Theory. 

Selected publications

Al Hashmi, R. 2022. "Historical Injustice in Immigration Policy," Political Studies.

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