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Nosheen Ali

Visting Associate Professor
(212) 998-7362
1 Wash Pl, Room 417

Office Hours
Wednesday 2-4
Thursday 2-4

B.Sc., Computer Science, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan, 2002
M.S., Development Sociology, Cornell University, 2005
Ph.D., Development Sociology, Cornell University, 2009

Nosheen Ali is a sociologist writing across a range of themes including theories of the state, environmental thought, and Muslim cultures and societies. She has a PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University. Ali is the author of Delusional States: Feeling Rule and Development in Pakistan’s Northern Frontier (Cambridge University Press, 2019), which offers the first in-depth study of state power, citizenship and social struggle in Gilgit-Baltistan, a contested terrain that forms part of the disputed borderland of Kashmir. The book won the 2021 Bernard S. Cohn book prize by the Association for Asian Studies, for original and innovative scholarship on South Asia.   Her other publications include Decolonizing Nature/Knowledge: Indigenous Environmental Thought and Feminist Praxis (co-authored, SOTL in the South, 2019), Geographies of Occupation in South Asia (co-authored, Feminist Studies, 2019) and From Hallaj to Heer: Poetic Knowledge and the Muslim Tradition (Journal of Narrative Politics, 2016).   Ali’s contributions extend beyond the realm of academic writing to other ways of practice and knowledge-making. In 2014, Ali launched UmangPoetry, a digital humanities endeavor for documenting contemporary poetic knowledge of South Asia ( Umang showcases poetry in video and translation from a variety of South Asian languages including Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi, Dharki, and Hindi, offering a rare multilingual archive of poetic thought from the region.   In 2016, Ali founded Karti Dharti, an alternative rural institute for ecological inquiry and eco-diversity, three hours from the city of Karachi. An emergent space, Karti Dharti has strived to document and preserve the indigenous seed heritage of Sindh, implement sustainable soil practices through regenerative agriculture, and embody an ecological sanctuary where the bees and butterflies can feel happy.

Teaching and Research Interests

feminist, poetic and ecological thought; sociology of states, development and social justice; literary cultures of South Asia; Islam and Muslim societies; Kashmir and frontier histories; environmental politics; decolonial methods and epistemologies of the South  

Nosheen Ali