Adil Hossain

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Anthropology of Citizenship, State and Bureaucracy
  • Ethnic Conflict
  • Internally Displaced People


Adil is a political anthropologist who is interested in exploring the link between citizenship and development. In 2020, he was awarded with DPhil in International Development from the Merton College, University of Oxford. At Oxford he was the Merton-QEH scholar whose thesis looked at the politics of citizenship among the survivors of 2002 riots in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. During his DPhil he had been trained in in areas of citizenship, biopolitics, conflict, urban anthropology and political activism. 

His academic background is multidisciplinary, having received his undergraduate degree in Geography and then an MA in Mass Communication from Aligarh Muslim University. Thereafter he secured a Commonwealth Scholarship to study another MA in Development and Rights at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Apart from academics, he had a background in journalism before starting his research at Oxford. He had previously published political and developmental pieces with many media organisations including Guardian, Scroll, The Wire, The Quint, Discover Society, Fair Observer, Sunday Guardian, Catch News, DNA etc. His media articles can be read here- https://​adil​hos​sain43​.con​tent​ly​.com

In the past he had been involved in Right to Information (RTI) activism in India and Indian magazine Outlook in 2010 profiled him as one of the top five youth RTI activists in the country.

Publications and Writings

Book Chapter

Hossain, Adil (2021) (in print) Transitional justice and moving on after the 2002 Gujarat riots in India’ in Transitional justice beyond blueprints: ethnographies and case studies, Sari Wastell (ed), London: Routledge

Book Review

Hossain, Adil (2017) [ Review of the Book Urbanisation, Citizenship and Conflict in India by Tommaso Bobbio] Contemporary South Asia, Vol 25(2): 215 – 216 (peer reviewed)

Hossain, Adil (2015, March-April) [ Review of the book The Song of the Shirt: Cheap Clothes across Continents and Centuries by Jeremy Seabrook]. Biblio, Vol. XX: 3 – 4

Media & Commentary (All articles available at: https://​adil​hos​sain43​.con​tent​ly​.com )

On-going Projects

Documentary citizenship and Bengali Muslims, anti-CAA protests and new languages of social movement