I am a PhD candidate at the University of Virginia, Department of Sociology with an interest in Globalization, Transnationalism, Theory, Sociology of Gender, Sociology of Culture, Security and Qualitative Methods.
As a theory driven ethnographer of contemporary globalization, I’m interested in rupture as a window into power. By focalizing moments of transition and disruption, my work seeks to understand the global and local dynamics of agency, authority and order. More specifically, my work investigates how people handle cultural contradiction in the context of competing global imperatives, how they forge connection, enter alliances and enact agency at the margins of social power.
Two of my recent projects explore these questions through a focus on the organization of (1) sexuality and (2) security in Pakistan’s turbulent metropolis, Karachi. Both especially fruitful sites for examining the interplay of national and transnational processes in the production of power, authority and order.