I am a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I specialize in the study of comparative politics with a regional focus on urban South Asia. Specifically, I seek to better understand the evolving relationship between urban governance, political economy, and political participation in the region’s growing cities. My current research addresses two questions in this vein; 1) how does postcolonial urban planning structure public service provision? And 2) how do urban populations shape and contest the corresponding everyday political economies of public service access?
My dissertation addresses these questions through a case study of water supply in Karachi, one of South Asia’s largest, most conflict-prone cities. Using access to water as a lens to study broader processes of urban stasis and transformation, Precarious Pipes: Governance, Informality, and the Politics of Access in Karachi highlights how scarcity shapes governance and politics in a Third World megacity.
My research has been published in Urban Studies and has been funded by the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Institute of Pakistan Studies, the University of Massachusetts Graduate School, and the University of Massachusetts Department of Political Science.
My teaching focuses on comparative politics, South Asian politics, and political economy. Additionally, I am keen on using my research interests in urban political economy to teach interdisciplinary classes in urban politics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Finally, I am also interested in developing and teaching graduate level seminars that address the theoretical and methodological challenges of conducing field research in difficult urban areas.
I received my MSc in political theory from the London School of Economics in 2012 and my MA (Hons) in economics from the University of Edinburgh in 2011. Before graduate school, I worked for the Express Tribune in Karachi. Please feel free to reach out get to know me or my work.