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Nosheen Ali

Global Faculty in Residence
(212) 992-6309
411 Laf, Room 352

Office Hours
Tuesday By Appt and 3-6
Friday (10-1 by appt)

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, author, and activist from Karachi, Pakistan. She works and writes across a wide range of themes, including feminist theories of the state, seed justice, and Muslim cultural politics. 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. Her other recent publications include The LOC at Wartime: India, Pakistan and the Liberation of Kashmir (2019), Decolonizing Nature/Knowledge: Indigenous Environmental Thought and Feminist Praxis (2019), and From Hallaj to Heer: Poetic Knowledge and the Muslim Tradition (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 engaging the poetic inheritance 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 contemporary poetic thought from the region. By providing a meeting place for poets, writers, translators, and lovers of the poetic word, Umang seeks to amplify South Asian traditions of poetic reflection and nurture our capacities for cross-cultural connection. 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