Izram Chaudry

Izram Chaudry


I completed my undergraduate degree at Leeds Beckett University in Physical Education (First). At graduation I was awarded with the Deans Prize for Excellency in Studies. I then studied a Masters in Social Research (Distinction) at the University of Leeds. I am now in my second year of studying a PhD in the School of Sociology & Social Policy under the supervision of Prof. Nick Emmel and Dr Rodanthi Tzanelli. My studies are internally funded by the Leeds Doctoral Scholarship. 

My PhD entitled: Examining The Motivations & Experiences Of British Muslim Amateur & Professional Boxers constitutes of a qualitative multiple-methods approach (Participatory Observations + Narrative Interviews). The research questions for the study are as follows:

(1) What part does the culture of boxing feature in influencing the choices and motivations of Muslims from West Yorkshire engaging in the sport?

(2) How do Muslims experience the sport of boxing? How do they respond to these experiences?

(3) In what ways may their experiences be understood?

Research Activities:

Research Assistant – I have worked as a research assistant under the supervision of Prof. Kevin Hylton (Leeds Beckett University) for the British Academy funded project entitled: Racism & Islamophobia in Online Spaces within the English Premier League. 

Peer Reviewer – Education, Philosophy & Theory.

Research Outputs:

Journal Articles:

Chaudry, I. (2018) Considering The Needs Of Muslim Girls. Association For Physical Education; Practice Matters. Spring 2018.

Chaudry, I. (2020) “I Felt Like I Was Being Watched”: The Hypervisibillity Of Muslim Students In Higher Education. Education, Philosophy & Theory. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00131857.2020.1769603


Chaudry, I. (2020) Islamophobia & Whiteness In Higher Education: A Critical Race Theory Perspective. In: Peters, M. (eds) Encyclopaedia Of Teacher Education. Springer, Singapore. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-1179-6_370-1

Book Reviews:

Chaudry, I. (2020) Dismantling Race In Higher Education: Racism, Whiteness & Decolonising The Academy (2018). Multicultural Education Review. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/2005615X.2020.1808930

Keynotes & Conference Papers:

Chaudry, I. (2018) Exploring The Racialized Experiences Of British Asian Amateur & Professional Boxers. Sport & Discrimination Conference. Oxford Brookes University. September 4th 2018.

Chaudry, I. (2019) A Critical Discourse Analysis Of The Media Representations Of Islam: A Case Study Of Amir Khan. Sport & Discrimination Conference. Southampton Solent University. September 4th 2019.

Chaudry, I. (2019) “Reaching Out”: Sport, Race & Representation. St Marys University. 26th November 2019.

Chaudry, I. (2020) “Throwing In The Towel” – British Muslim Boxers & Exclusionary Spaces. Eleventh International Conference On Sport & Society. University Of Granada. (Cancelled Amid COVID19 Pandemic).


Chaudry, I. (2019) ‘Every Little Helps’ On This Rugged Road To A More Inclusive University. Northern Notes. University Of Leeds.


SLSP1170 Understanding & Researching Contemporary Society, 2020/21, Semester 1. 

Research interests

  • Racism & Ethnicity Studies
  • Islamophobia
  • Critical Muslim Studies
  • Sociology Of Sport & Education
  • Qualitative Research Methodology


  • BA (Hons) Physical Education - First
  • MA Social Research - Distinction

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies