Faculty Profile

Dr. Hasan H. Karrar

Associate Professor

Department Of Humanities&Social Sciences

PhD, McGill University

I am an associate professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at LUMS; I specialize in modern Chinese and Central Asian history and political economy.

My current research focuses on new economic configurations in the greater Central Asian region  (which I take to be inclusive of western China and northern Pakistan) since the 1980s: bazaar trade and bazaar networks; the new Silk Roads and trade corridors; commercial relations and emerging spatial configurations. More broadly, my work engages with informality, capitalism, and globalization across this region. I am also interested in Asian borderlands and high mountain regions, environmental history and political ecology, foreign relations and twentieth century international history

My recent articles have appeared in Globalizations, Central Asian Survey, Critical Asian Studies, and with co-authors in Capitalism, Nature, Socialism and Critical Public Health. My earlier research on the development of Sino-Central Asian relations appeared as The New Silk Road Diplomacy: China’s Central Asian Foreign Policy Since the Cold War (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2009).

    • Article
      • Karrar, H. H. .(2014). Looking Eastward to China: Beijing’s Central Asian Diplomacy and its Implications for China’s New Silk Road Initiatives . The ASAN Forum ,
      • Karrar, H. H. H. H. Karrar (2017) “Kyrgyzstan’s Dordoi and Kara-Suu Bazaars: Mobility, Globalizaton and Survival in Two Central Asian Markets.” Forthcoming in Globalizations. DOI: 10.1080/14747731.2016.1201323
      • Karrar, H. H. H. H. Karrar (2016) “The Resumption of Sino-Central Asian Trade, c. 1983-1994: Confidence Building and Reform along a Cold War fault line.” Central Asian Survey 35 (3): 334-350. DOI: 10.1080/02634937.2016.1155384
      • Karrar, H. H. H. H. Karrar (2013) “Merchants, Markets and the State: Informality, Transnationality and Spatial Imaginaries in the Revival of Central Eurasian Trade,” Critical Asian Studies 45 (3): 459-480. DOI: 10.1080/14672715.2013.829315
    • Book
      • Karrar, H. H. H. H. Karrar (2009) The New Silk Road Diplomacy: China's Central Asian Foreign Policy since the Cold War. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.
    • Book Review
      • Karrar, H. H. .(2014). Review of Roy, D. 2013. Return of the Dragon: Rising China and Regional Security. New York: Columbia University Press. . Pacific Affairs ,
TitleSemesterCode
Independent StudyFall Semester 2014-151401
East Asian HistorySpring Semester 2014-151402
Independent StudySpring Semester 2014-151402
Nature, Power & ModernitySpring Semester 2014-151402
Independent StudySummer Semester 2014-151403
Senior Project IFall Semester 2015-161501
The Cold WarFall Semester 2015-161501
Modern East Asian HistoryFall Semester 2015-161501
Senior Project IFall Semester 2015-161501
Senior Project IFall Semester 2015-161501
Senior Project-ISpring Semester 2015-161502
Independent StudySpring Semester 2015-161502
Independent StudySpring Semester 2015-161502
Senior Project IISpring Semester 2015-161502
South Asia and China: Connections and ComparisonsSpring Semester 2015-161502
Senior Project IISpring Semester 2015-161502
Senior Project IISpring Semester 2015-161502
The Himalayas: History & EcologySummer Semester 2015-161503
China in Revolution, 1911-2011Fall Semester 2016-171601
Introduction to World HistoryFall Semester 2016-171601
Senior Project IFall Semester 2016-171601
Senior Project IFall Semester 2016-171601
Senior Project IISpring Semester 2016-171602
Senior Project IISpring Semester 2016-171602
Independent StudySpring Semester 2016-171602
Silk Roads and Trade Winds: Transnational AsiaSpring Semester 2016-171602
  • Past Courses
    TitleSemesterCode
    Inner Asian History and CivilisationSummer Qtr 2002-03204
    Inner Asian History and CivilisationSummer Qtr 2003-04304
    East Asian HistorySummer Qtr 2003-04304
    East Asian HistorySummer Qtr 2006-07604
    Independent Study IISummer Qtr 2006-07604
    East Asian HistorySpring Semester 2010-111002
    The Cold WarSpring Semester 2010-111002
    Senior Project IFall Semester 2011-121101
    Inner Asian History & CivilizationsFall Semester 2011-121101
    Modern East Asian HistoryFall Semester 2011-121101
    Independent StudySpring Semester 2011-121102
    Independent StudySpring Semester 2011-121102
    China in Revolution, 1911-2011Spring Semester 2011-121102
    Senior Project IISpring Semester 2011-121102
    China in Revolution, 1911-2011Term II 2011-20121120
    The Cold WarFall Semester 2012-131201
    Modern East Asian HistoryFall Semester 2012-131201
    Nature, Power & ModernitySpring Semester 2012-131202
    War, Society & MemorySpring Semester 2012-131202
    Senior Project IFall Semester 2013-141301
    Modern East Asian HistoryFall Semester 2013-141301
    Introduction to World HistoryFall Semester 2013-141301
    Independent StudySpring Semester 2013-141302
    China in Revolution, 1911-2011Spring Semester 2013-141302
    Senior Project IISpring Semester 2013-141302