Rahul Sambaraju (Ph.D.)


  • Psychology
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Room G6, Psychology Building

7 George Square, Edinburgh
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Ph.D. Queen Margaret University, UK. 2014

MSc The University of Edinburgh, UK. 2008

MBBS, Dr NTR University of Health Sciences, India. 2007

Responsibilities & affiliations

Secretary - International Committee. Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology, APA.

Member, Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology, APA.

Member, International Communication Association.



Undergraduate teaching

Qualitative Research Methods

Current Psychology

Postgraduate teaching

Qualitative Research Methods

Contemporary Social Psychology

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I am open to inquiries about Ph.D. supervision on topics using discursive psychology or other discourse analytic approaches.

Research summary

I am a discursive psychologist with primary research interests in interactional practices of categorization and negotiation of identities. I examine how individuals make claims to membership in social group based categories like those on race, gender, religion, caste, or nationality and others made for ad-hoc in and for the interaction. I focus on the consequences of these for exclusion. Much of my work focuses on interactions in South Asian contexts with the aim to develop a body of knowledge rooted in the 'Global South'.

Current research interests

I am currently examining a) issues of racialization and negotiation of racism in diverse settings: the United States, Ireland, UK, and India. b) Gender categorizations in debates on abortion in Ireland and the United States. c) Constructing citizenship in re-territorializing India as a Hindu Rashtra. d) Socio-political categories on Indian social media.

Past research interests

I have examined a range of topics related to race, migration and refuge-seeking, misogyny, and political participation. Please find my work here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rahul-Sambaraju

Knowledge exchange

I write for The Conversation and RTE Brainstorm.

I give public lectures on social psychology of migration and exclusion