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Usmaan Masood Farooqui

Professional Title: 

PhD Candidate
Teaching Associate


Thompson 712


Office Hours: 

Mons, Weds, 1-2pm; Thompson 702


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


I am a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. My research interests are broadly located in the subfield of comparative politics, with a specific focus on urban contexts of the developed and developing worlds. My dissertation, titled “Precarious Waters: Infrastructural Practice and the Politics of Water in Karachi”, focuses on the everyday politics of access in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city. Water, I suggest, is a critical modality through which evolving forms of political action can be known and understood in urban contexts that are facing both environmental and social uncertainty. Going forward, my research agenda aims to bridge the theoretical and empirical divide between the urban North and South by studying water access in cities of the United States. 


Curriculum Vitae: 

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  • Political Science