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Salman Hussain

Professional Title: 

Lecturer of Legal Studies


Thompson 428


Office Hours: 

Fall'19: Mon & Wed 1:15-2:15, and by appointment


I am interested in understanding how mass movements as well as marginalized groups make use of the language and slogans of liberal law and human rights to mobilize in the public sphere as well as the higher courts in South Asia. The research projects I am currently working on focus on 1) forced disappearances in Pakistan and the political protests and human rights activism against them; 2) the intersection between law, body and sexual biopolitics in Pakistan and the new language of gender and sexual rights that has emerged to contest inequality and marginalization in South Asia. My previous research has looked at international development, state formation, and the politics of Islam in Afghanistan, and shadow economies in South and Central Asia. My research has appeared in Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Anthropologica and POLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review


  • Legal Studies