Ayesha Hussain
PhD Candidate

Ayesha Hussain, MA

University of Bonn
Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
Research Associate in Research Area E and D
Gender (and Intersectionality)
Niebuhrstraße 5
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 / (0)228 / 73 62569


Bonded Labor and Gender Discrimination in the Agriculture Sector in Pakistan

Ayesha Hussain is a PhD candidate in Cultural Anthropology and a Research Associate in research area E “Gender and Intersectionality” and research area D “Labor and Spatiality” at BCDSS. Her research looks at the international migration of rural Punjabis from Pakistan and commodification of their labour (productive and reproductive) by ethnic networks based on the intersectionality of gender, status of the migrant and membership within these networks creating strong asymmetrical dependencies. She analyses these dependencies within the micro and meso level structures of migration including families, ethnic networks and diasporas focusing on the mobilisation of social capital of networks particularly within the informal labour sector in Italy. 


  • 2019–2022                 Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology (South Asian Studies), University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2014–2017                 M.B.A. in Corporate Social Responsibility and NGO Management
  • 2002–2005                 MPhil in Anthropology, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • 1998–2000                 MSc in Anthropology, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan

Academic Positions

  • 2019–present           Research Associate in Research Area E Gender (and Intersectionality), University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2002–2003               Research Anthropologist, Population Council, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • 2000                           Research Assistant, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan
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