Nosheen Ali, Assistant Professor; Program Director of Social Development and Policy, Habib University, Pakistan

Nosheen Ali has a Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University and is currently the Program Director of Social Development and Policy at Habib University, a first-of-its-kind liberal arts and sciences institution in Pakistan. For Spring 2015, she is a Visiting Scholar at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University and teaching at the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

Dr. Ali’s research spans a wide terrain from political sociology to literary anthropology, as well as the role of new media and information technology in social change. Her dissertation examined state-making and social movements in Northern Pakistan and Kashmir, focusing on the cultural politics of citizenship, sectarianism, and development in this intensely militarized region. Notable publications from this research include Books vs. Bombs? Humanitarian Development and the Narrative of Terror in Northern Pakistan (Third World Quarterly, 2010), and Poetry, Power, Protest: Reimagining Muslim Nationhood in Northern Pakistan (Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, 2012). Her current research examines the history and nature of poetic knowledges in South Asia, as part of which she has founded the digital humanities endeavor: Focused on Pakistan and South Asia, the Umang platform features multilingual videos of contemporary poetry in translation as well as a blog for covering all things poetry.​ The Umang collective also organizes on­-the­-ground initiatives for poetic education through seminars, festivals, and publications. By providing a meeting place for poets, writers, translators, learners and lovers of the poetic word, Umang seeks to amplify regional traditions of poetic reflection and nurture our capacities for empathetic, cross­cultural connection.