Sameen Ali completed her PhD in Politics from SOAS University of London in 2018. Her doctoral thesis, "Staffing the State: The Politicisation of Bureaucratic Appointments in Pakistan", explores the use of bureaucratic appointments by both politicians and bureaucrats to achieve particular outcomes. Prior to starting her PhD, Sameen completed her MSc in Comparative Politics (Research) from the London School of Economics & Political Science, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar, and a BSc (Hons.) Social Sciences from the Lahore University of Management Sciences.
Sameen's teaching and research interests include governance and patterns of bureaucratic appointment, electoral management and party politics, public health, and donor engagement in LMICs. She is currently working on a public health project, “Understanding Pakistan’s Immunization Problem: A transactional approach”, funded by the Shahid Hussain Foundation's Public Health Research Grant 2018-19 and 2019-20.
Sameen is a faculty lead at the Technology for People Initiative (TPI), a non-profit applied research centre based at LUMS