South Asian Studies
B.A., Haverford College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University
Pendleton Hall East Rm. 245
Associate Professor of Political Science
Focused on the political dimensions of human development, based on comparative and quantitative studies within Southern Asia.
On leave Fall 2016.
My research focuses on the political dimensions of human development, based on comparative and quantitative studies within Southern Asia. United by common cultural, linguistic, and religious traditions, Southern Asia—running from Pakistan to Indonesia—is a fertile area for comparative analysis.
My scholarship explains how voluntary associations (both class-based and faith-based) can build social capital. Scholars, and professionals, of development are aware of the role of enforceable reciprocity—a variety of social capital—in facilitating economic development. They are only now becoming aware of the effectiveness of non-governmental associations based on bounded solidarity—another variety of social capital—in allowing for greater achievements in education, employment, and health.
My major current projects relate to Islamic philanthropies and human security in Pakistan; Muslim women’s organizations and reproductive health in Indonesia; and state and anti-state violence across South Asia.
A positive influence on my students’ learning is my highest professional priority. Accordingly, my students' interests, my course offerings, and my research agenda shape one another. I offer two related courses explicitly concerned with development: Political Economy of Development (an introduction to development studies and political economy) and Politics of Community Development (a seminar on the management of non-governmental development organizations).
I offer two regionally focused courses: Politics of South Asia, which covers domestic politics, and International Relations of South Asia, which covers inter-state relations. My South Asia courses cover all eight countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. This is possible because I have done field research in each of the countries of South Asia (with the exception of the Maldives) and have lived in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
I also teach courses on Comparative Politics and Ethnicity, Nationalism, Religion, and Violence.
I organize and conduct research and methodology workshops for students and faculty in Indonesia and Pakistan. I consult on educational and labor rights issues with agencies of the governments of India, Indonesia, and Pakistan. I served on a U.S. federal advisory committee on international labor issues. I also appear as an expert witness in political asylum hearings.
My publications, and syllabi, can be found on my web page.