I am a Postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Department of Anthropology and the Woods Institute for the Environment. My research develops a conversation between the anthropology of bureaucracy, environment and Islam, and is animated by postcolonial critique.
My current book manuscript, Ecologies of Water Governance in Pakistan: The Colony, the Corporation and the Contemporary, is based on my doctoral dissertation, completed at the University of Chicago in December 2018. The dissertation won the 2019 S.S. Pirzada Best Dissertation in Pakistan Studies Award from the Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley.
I am also working on two other projects, one of which is long-standing research in Pakistan’s northwestern border region, long targeted by imperial violence, most recently in drone strikes in the U.S.-led “war on terror.” The second one is a comparative project, examining two California-based mega development projects with one in Lahore. It is an attempt at collaborative pedagogy, and at producing theory not from the North or South, but from their unequal articulation. The aim is a more capacious, globally inclusive conception of environmental justice.
My work has been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the American Institute of Pakistan Studies; the Pozen Center for Human Rights, the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, the Nicholson Center for British Studies, and the Leiffer and Orin William Fellowships at the University of Chicago; and the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University.
You can contact me at maira8 *at-sign* stanford *dot* edu.