Dr. Shirin Zubair


Currently on a fellowship at the department of Anglophone Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen , Germany, Shirin Zubair has been professor and chair at the department  of English, Baha-ud-Din Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan. She earned her MA and PhD in Linguistics from Cardiff University, UK, and holds another MA in English Literature from Multan University, Pakistan.


Her academic and professional credentials are recognized nationally and internationally. In 2008, she was a member of HEC Curriculum Revision Committee, and Research Committee; in 2002 and again in 2007, she was the recipient of the Fulbright Fellowships to teach and research in the United States. She has to her credit several other coveted awards and fellowships including the British Council Technical Training Award (1989-1990), Charles Wallace Fellowship (2005), and Ford Foundation Fellowship to research at Oxford Center for Islamic Studies (2007). Dr. Zubair has travelled extensively, lectured in US colleges and Universities, and has been a plenary speaker at international conferences. She is also on the advisory board of several research journals including Pakistan Journal of Women Studies, Journal of Law and Social Research, Compare, and International Journal of Development Studies.


Her teaching and research interests—wide-ranging and diverse—span over thirty years: English Studies and Postcolonialism; Feminism and Gender; Critical and Cultural Theory; Popular Culture ; Transnationalism and Identity;  Sociology of Religion. She has published over fifty research papers and book chapters on these themes. Online papers include her widely cited South Asia Research article (2006/23.2) as one of the journals featured most frequently read online papers. More recent publications are in: South Asian Popular Culture 2016; Feminist Formations 2016 and 2010; Hawwa: Journal of Women in the Middle East and the Islamic World 2009.  She has represented Pakistan at several international conferences in the UK, USA, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Canada, Japan, Portugal, South Africa, Lebanon and Singapore. 


During 2007-2008, and again in 2010-2013, she has held the chair at the Department of English,  Bahauddin Zakariya University, which is a key department in Linguistics and Literature in the country, and runs research degree programmes in English and Linguistics. She is an HEC approved research supervisor and has supervised two PhD and thirty five M Phil projects resulting in several joint publications in HEC recognized journals. She has supervised several research projects on the intersections of language, gender and society. In the early 90s, she was hired by UGC (University Grants Commission) as a resource person for teacher-training workshops in ELT. During 2004-2007, she was a resource person for CIDA–RAHM joint project on Gender Equality, Islam & Development in Pakistan.  In 2004, in recognition of her multidisciplinary and cutting-edge research, she was offered professorship in Gender Studies by Fatima Jinnah Women University. In 2009, she was awarded a fellowship by the Institute of International Education, New York, to teach courses on South Asian Politics and Identity, Women Studies and Pakistani Literature at Lehigh University, United States. During 2014-2016, she has been an invited speaker at several Scandinavian, Irish and German Universities.