Fazila Bhimji

Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies

School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Harrington Building, HA240

+44 (0) 1772 89 3036


Subject Areas: Film and Media

Fazila teaches in film, media, and communication studies. Her research interests include media representations of racialised populations in the US and the UK. Her published research illustrate the diverse ways in which South Asian Muslim women and Latina/os respond to such media representations and state policies and display their agency and citizenship in variegated ways.

Full Profile

Fazila has taught extensively in various areas such as film, critical media studies and communication. Some of the modules she currently teach on include popular television, institution and audience, communication studies, and understanding film and media. She is especially interested in teaching film and media modules from a global and critical perspective.

Her research is based both in the UK and the US. In Britain, her research has focused on examining identities and agency as well as representations of British South Asian Muslim women in multiple spheres. In doing so, her work draws on interdisciplinary scholarship which include cultural studies, sociology, discourse analysis, and human geography. In the US, Fazila's research has looked at how undocumented Latino/as live their lives in the face of extreme exploitations. Her ongoing research also include cinematic analysis of some of the recent independent films about US Latino/a immigrants such as 'A Day Without A Mexican' and 'Maid in LA.'


Bhimji, Fazila (2013) British Asian Muslim Women, Multiple Spatialities and Cosmopolitanism. Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK. ISBN 978–0–230–24901–1

Bhimji, Fazila (2010) Struggles, Urban Citizenship, and Belonging: The Experience of Undocumented Street Vendors and Food Truck Owners in Los Angeles. Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development, 39 (4). pp. 455-492. ISSN 0894-6019

Bhimji, Fazila (2009) Identities and agency in religious spheres: a study of British Muslim women's experience. Gender, Place & Culture, 16 (4). pp. 365-380. ISSN 0966-369X

Bhimji, Fazila (2008) Cosmopolitan belonging and diaspora: second-generation British Muslim women travelling to South Asia. Citizenship Studies, 12 (4). pp. 413-427. ISSN 1362-1025

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Teaching Activities

Fi1003 Institutions and Audiences

Fi 2012 Popular Television

CC1500 Approaches to Communication

Fi 1200 Understanding Film and Media

Research Activities

Research in progress

Book for Vanderbilt Press: The Experience of British Muslim Women in Multiple Spheres. Book Proposal: Undocumented Immigrants in Cinematic and Border Scapes


Fazila is happy to supervise MAs/Phds that engage with the following topics:

Transnational Activism

Cosmopolitan Diaspora

Cities and Migration

Immigration and Citizenship