Faculty Profile

Dr. Hasan H. Karrar

Associate Professor

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 ,
SemesterTitleCode
Fall Semester 2017-18Senior Project1701
Fall Semester 2017-18Senior Project1701
Fall Semester 2017-18Nature, Power & Modernity1701
Fall Semester 2017-18The Cold War1701
Spring Semester 2016-17Silk Roads and Trade Winds: Transnational Asia1602
Spring Semester 2016-17Independent Study1602
Spring Semester 2016-17Senior Project II1602
Spring Semester 2016-17Senior Project II1602
Fall Semester 2016-17Senior Project I1601
Fall Semester 2016-17Senior Project I1601
Fall Semester 2016-17Introduction to World History1601
Fall Semester 2016-17China in Revolution, 1911-20111601
Summer Semester 2015-16The Himalayas: History & Ecology1503
Spring Semester 2015-16Senior Project II1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Senior Project II1502
Spring Semester 2015-16South Asia and China: Connections and Comparisons1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Senior Project II1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Independent Study1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Independent Study1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Senior Project I1502
Fall Semester 2015-16Senior Project I1501
Fall Semester 2015-16Senior Project I1501
Fall Semester 2015-16Modern East Asian History1501
Fall Semester 2015-16The Cold War1501
Fall Semester 2015-16Senior Project I1501
Summer Semester 2014-15Independent Study1403
Spring Semester 2014-15Nature, Power & Modernity1402
Spring Semester 2014-15Independent Study1402
Spring Semester 2014-15East Asian History1402
Fall Semester 2014-15Independent Study1401
  • Past Courses
    SemesterTitleCode
    Spring Semester 2013-14Senior Project II1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14China in Revolution, 1911-20111302
    Spring Semester 2013-14Independent Study1302
    Fall Semester 2013-14Introduction to World History1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14Modern East Asian History1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14Senior Project I1301
    Spring Semester 2012-13War, Society & Memory1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Nature, Power & Modernity1202
    Fall Semester 2012-13Modern East Asian History1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13The Cold War1201
    Term II 2011-2012China in Revolution, 1911-20111120
    Spring Semester 2011-12Senior Project II1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12China in Revolution, 1911-20111102
    Spring Semester 2011-12Independent Study1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12Independent Study1102
    Fall Semester 2011-12Modern East Asian History1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12Inner Asian History & Civilizations1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12Senior Project I1101
    Spring Semester 2010-11The Cold War1002
    Spring Semester 2010-11East Asian History1002
    Summer Qtr 2006-07Independent Study II604
    Summer Qtr 2006-07East Asian History604
    Summer Qtr 2003-04East Asian History304
    Summer Qtr 2003-04Inner Asian History and Civilisation304
    Summer Qtr 2002-03Inner Asian History and Civilisation204