I am a sociocultural anthropologist. My research develops a conversation between the anthropology of environment, bureaucracy and law, and is animated by postcolonial critique. I teach classes on statecraft, environmental politics, and climate change, as well as on community-engaged research. I am an Assistant Professor of Environment and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. During the academic year, 2022-23, I will be a Member at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.
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. The dissertation won the 2019 S.S. Pirzada Best Dissertation in Pakistan Studies Award. A dissertation chapter, “The Gender of Corruption: Bureaucrats, Bodies and the Female Complaint,” received the 2018 Sylvia Forman Award for an Outstanding Graduate Paper.
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 and Stanford Arts at Stanford University. Prior to joining Notre Dame, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Anthropology and the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University.
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