Mahrukh Doctor was appointed Lecturer at the University of Hull in January 2006. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Currently, she is Research Lead and Deputy REF Lead in the School of Politics and International Studies. Previously, she was Director of Learning and Teaching/Education Lead for the Department of Politics (previously the School of Law and Politics), and TEF Lead for Politics.
Previous positions include the Centre for Brazilian Studies, St. Antony's College at the University of Oxford, University of Reading, and the World Bank. She served as Adjunct Professor of Latin American Politics at the Johns Hopkins University SAIS-Europe/Bologna Center from 2005 to 2017. She has also spent time as a visiting academic at the University of São Paulo (Brazil), Federal Fluminense University (Brazil) and the Johns Hopkins University SAIS-Europe (Italy).
Mahrukh's main research interests are in the field of comparative political economy and international political economy. She has a special interest in development policy, trade and industry, infrastructure (ports), foreign policy analysis and regionalism in Latin America, with a particular focus on Brazil.
She has published on Brazilian business-state relations, Brazilian foreign policy in the context of Emerging Powers, regional integration in Latin America, and EU-Mercosur negotiations / relations. She is author of Business-State Relations in Brazil: Challenges of the Port Reform Lobby (New York: Routledge, 2017).