Rahul Kumar


Culture, Identities, and Power



Rahul Kumar (1980) is an invited assistant professor at the Faculdade de Economia da Universidade de Coimbra, where he teaches topics related to sociology and international relations. Previously, he was an invited adjunct professor at the Escola Superior de Educação do Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal. He graduated in Sociology at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa in 2003. In 2014, he obtained a PhD, also in Sociology, at the Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa. With the thesis titled A pureza perdida do desporto: futebol no Estado Novo, he was awarded, in 2015, the Fundação Mário Soares/EDP Award and an honourable mention of the CES Award for Young Portuguese-Speaking Social Scientists.

He has published about topics related to the history of sports, of press, the sociology of migrations and discrimination, labour and precariousness. His current research interests lie on the transnational history, the sociology of culture, the studies about social classes, and the construction and institutionalisation of the State in contemporary Portugal.

Research fields

  • History of sports
  • Political sociology
  • Social classes
  • Cultural consumption

Selected publications

  • Kumar, Rahul. A pureza perdida do desporto: futebol no Estado Novo. Lisbon: Paquiderme Edições, 2017. [link]
  • Kumar, Rahul. “A globalização dos desportos: entre a indigenização do críquete indiano e a popularização do futebol português,” Comunicação & Cultura 13 (2012): 97-113. [PDF]
  • Matos, José Nuno, Nuno Domingos & Rahul Kumar (Orgs.). Precários em Portugal – entre a fábrica e o “call center”. Lisbon: Edições 70, 2012. [link]

Main projects



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