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Usmaan Farooqui

Professional Title: 

Ph.D. Candidate
Teaching Assistant


Thompson 712


Office Hours: 

Spring 2018: Wednesdays 12:30pm-2:30pm, or by appointment


MA, London School of Economics, 2012; Bachelors, University of Edinburgh, 2011


My research lies at the intersection of comparative politics, urban politics, and South Asian politics. My dissertation examines everyday water politics in the world’s so-called “megacities.” Water, I suggest, is a critical modality through which deeply embedded urban practices can be known and understood in cities facing rapid environmental and demographic changes.

Specifically, I study water to shed light on the phenomenon of urban violence and everyday social order. In doing so, I draw on interdisciplinary scholarship on urban studies, infrastructure, and violence. 

My dissertation examines these questions in relation to Karachi, where I am conducting ethnographic fieldwork. 

Curriculum Vitae: 

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  • Political Science