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).