Rethinking Research Methods: Introduction to the Special Edition


  • Robert Lawrence McKenzie School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Mira Mohsini


Author Biographies

Robert Lawrence McKenzie, School of Oriental and African Studies

Robert Lawrence McKenzie is a PhD candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies. His thesis, entitled “Against Refugees,” is an ethnography of asylum-seeking amongst sub-Saharan men in Cairo, Egypt, one of the world’s largest urban environments for refugees. His thesis explores the historical events and political processes — including the roles of domestic and international actors — that have shaped and institutionalised the modern asylum-system in Egypt. His research draws special attention to the macro-power forces that influence human action. Robert can be contacted at bmck15(AT)

Mira Mohsini

Mira Mohsini completed a PhD in Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies in 2010 entitled “Becoming an ‘Asli Karigar’: The Production of Authenticity among Old Delhi’s Muslim Artisans.” Her research interests include marginalisation, agency, Islam in South Asia, embodiment, globalisation and consumption. Mira can be contacted at mjmohsini(AT)