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Miss Jaspreet Nijjar
PhD Student


Jaspreet has been studying for her PhD in the department of Sociology and Communications on a part-time basis since November 2017. She was recently awarded a prestigious techne AHRC scholarship to fund her studies. Through an analysis of the U.S. women's prison drama, Orange is the New Black (2013-2019), her PhD aims to further understanding of the global Prison Industrial Complex by synthesising ideas around narrative with feminist theories of embodiment.

In March 2019, Jaspreet had an article published in The Journal of Men's Studies (adapted from her master's dissertation), which examines portrayals of hegemonic masculinity in the U.S. programmes Sons of Anarchy (2008-2014) and Ray Donovan (2013-2020). Her new piece, published in Communication, Culture and Critique, explores the relationship between time, incarceration, and disorderly female masculinity in Orange Is the New Black.

Jaspreet is also a Conference & Events Officer at the Feminist Studies Association, and teaches on the level 1 BSc Sociology Module, 'Becoming a Critical Scholar.'


Nijjar, J.K. (2019) ‘Mutated Masculinities: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the New Lad and the New Man in Sons of Anarchy and Ray Donovan’, The Journal of Men’s Studies, 27(1), pp. 24-44.

Nijjar, J.K. (2021) ‘Female Masculinity and Transgressive Temporality: How Orange Is the New Black Recontextualizes Prisoner Agency’, Communication, Culture and Critique, [Online First] doi:


  • BA Hons. in Sociology, Upper Second-Class, Middlesex University, London, 2011-2014
  • MSc in Media and Communications, Distinction, Brunel University London, 2014-2015

Supervisory Team

Dr Meredith Jones and Professor Sarita Malik