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Usmaan Farooqui

Professional Title: 

Graduate Student
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 interests lie at the intersection of comparative politics and political economy. Specifically, I study the politics of urban water provision. My research asks what we might gain by shifting our attention from a ubiquitous concern over impending water crises, understood as a direct effect of the Anthropocene, to the social and political differences created in everyday practices to access state resources. A focus on water, in turn, serves as a critical modality through which to understand and explain how broader historical processes like governance, urbanization, and state-formation unfold in the contemporary moment, in both the global South and North. My dissertation examines these issues in relation to Karachi, Pakistan, where I am currently conducting ethnographic fieldwork.  

Curriculum Vitae: 

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  • Political Science