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 ,
Semester Title Code
Spring Semester 2017-18 Bazaar Asia 1702
Spring Semester 2017-18 Senior Project 1702
Spring Semester 2017-18 Senior Project 1702
Fall Semester 2017-18 Senior Project 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Senior Project 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Nature, Power & Modernity 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 The Cold War 1701
Spring Semester 2016-17 Silk Roads and Trade Winds: Transnational Asia 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Independent Study 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Senior Project II 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Senior Project II 1602
Fall Semester 2016-17 Senior Project I 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 Senior Project I 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 Introduction to World History 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 China in Revolution, 1911-2011 1601
Summer Semester 2015-16 The Himalayas: History & Ecology 1503
Spring Semester 2015-16 Senior Project II 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Senior Project II 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 South Asia and China: Connections and Comparisons 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Senior Project II 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Independent Study 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Independent Study 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Senior Project I 1502
Fall Semester 2015-16 Senior Project I 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Senior Project I 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Modern East Asian History 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 The Cold War 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Senior Project I 1501
Summer Semester 2014-15 Independent Study 1403
Spring Semester 2014-15 Nature, Power & Modernity 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Independent Study 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 East Asian History 1402
Fall Semester 2014-15 Independent Study 1401
  • Past Courses
    Semester Title Code
    Spring Semester 2013-14 Senior Project II 1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14 China in Revolution, 1911-2011 1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14 Independent Study 1302
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Introduction to World History 1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Modern East Asian History 1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Senior Project I 1301
    Spring Semester 2012-13 War, Society & Memory 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Nature, Power & Modernity 1202
    Fall Semester 2012-13 Modern East Asian History 1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13 The Cold War 1201
    Term II 2011-2012 China in Revolution, 1911-2011 1120
    Spring Semester 2011-12 Senior Project II 1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12 China in Revolution, 1911-2011 1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12 Independent Study 1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12 Independent Study 1102
    Fall Semester 2011-12 Modern East Asian History 1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12 Inner Asian History & Civilizations 1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12 Senior Project I 1101
    Spring Semester 2010-11 The Cold War 1002
    Spring Semester 2010-11 East Asian History 1002
    Summer Qtr 2006-07 Independent Study II 604
    Summer Qtr 2006-07 East Asian History 604
    Summer Qtr 2003-04 East Asian History 304
    Summer Qtr 2003-04 Inner Asian History and Civilisation 304
    Summer Qtr 2002-03 Inner Asian History and Civilisation 204