Mr Muhammad Ehsan

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Educational background

BA Politics & International Relations (Royal Holloway, University of London) - First Class Honours

MSc Democracy, Politics & Governance (Royal Holloway, University of London) - Pass with Distinction

PhD Political Science (Royal Holloway, University of London)


Personal profile

Muhammad Rakib Ehsan is a social science researcher who specialises in ethnic minority socio-political attitudes and behaviour in the UK. His PhD thesis, titled Discrimination, Social Relations and Trust: Civic Inclusion of UK Ethnic Minorities, investigated the various inter-relationships between the ethnic composition of social networks, patterns of intergroup contact, generalised social trust and satisfaction with democracy.

Rakib has had research published by a number of UK-based think-tanks, including Runnymede Trust, Policy Exchange and Intergenerational Foundation, as well as the Mackenzie Institute, an independent security think-tank based in Toronto, Canada. He currently works as a Research Fellow at Henry Jackson Society (Centre on Radicalisation & Terrorism).


*PhD viva successfully passed in November 2018

*PhD thesis amendments approved in March 2019

*Appointed as Research Fellow at HJS in March 2019



  • PR1600: Introduction to Research Methods in Politics and International Relations (seminar tutor)
  • PR2500: International Political Economy (seminar tutor)

Research interests

Rakib's general research interests include ethnic minority voting behaviour in the UK and the US. In the British context, this includes a particular interest in the relationship between the Labour Party/Conservative Party and various South Asian groups. In the American setting, Rakib is particularly interested in the diversity of socio-political attitudes within the US Hispanic population. There is a broader interest in the social and political attitudes held within Muslim populations across Europe. 

Other research interests include young people's politics, the political rise of Donald Trump and the attitudinal drivers behind modern-day British euroscepticism. 

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