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 General Scholar, and a BSc (Hons.) Social Sciences from the Lahore University of Management Sciences.
Sameen's teaching and research interests include patterns of bureaucratic appointment, electoral and party politics, election management, and the bureaucracy's interaction with the legal system. 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 Grant 2018-19. Sameen is an affiliate of Bloomsbury Pakistan.