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South Asia 

The War on Terror, public goods in poor urban communities in India, slums, historical sociology, international security, counterinsurgency operations, human rights and conflict, women in war, and nuclear non-proliferation are some of the topics previously studied by our scholars with expertise in South Asia.

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Akbar Ahmed

akbar@american.edu

AKBAR AHMED

EXPERTISE

  • Islam

  • Islam in America

  • Mosques

  • Pakistan

  • Afghanistan

  • Anthropology

  • Comparative and regional studies

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Knowledge: Why Civilizations Ride and Fall, co-author Amineh Hoti (under preparation)

  • The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became A Global War On Tribal Islam, Brookings Press: Washington DC.

  • The Sage Handbook of Islamic Studies, co-edited with Tamara Sonn, Sage Publications Ltd: London.


Adam Auerbach

aauerba@american.edu

ADAM AUERBACH

EXPERTISE

  • Comparative political economy

  • India
  • Institutional theory

  • Research methodology

  • Informal governance

  • Public goods provision in poor urban communities in India


Pek Koon Heng-Blackburn

pheng-b@american.edu

PEK KOON HENG-BLACKBURN

EXPERTISE

  • Identity politics

  • Ethnic relations

  • Governance and economic development in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore

  • Nexus between Islam and gender relations in Southeast Asia

  • Increasing salience of non-traditional/human security issues

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • "A Constructivist Perspective of the Regional Order in Southeast Asia: Norms Transformation in ASEAN and the ASEAN Charter," Tamkang Journal of International Affairs, October 2009.

  • "Globalization with Chinese Characteristics: Building China-ASEAN Regional Cooperation," Globalization and East Asia, Tamkang University (Taiwan), 2007.

  • "The Mahathir Generation and Nation Building in Malaysia," Reflections: The Mahathir Years, John Hopkins University Press, 2004.


Malini Ranganathan

malini@american.edu

MALINI RANGANATHAN

EXPERTISE

  • Urban political ecology

  • Global water governance

  • Urban informality

  • Flood risk and climate change vulnerability

  • Ethnography

  • Geographic information systems

  • India

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • RANGANATHAN, M and C Balazs. Accepted, with minor revisions. “Water Marginalization at the Urban Fringe: Environmental Justice, Political Ecology, and Learning Across the North-South Divide”. Urban Geography.

  • RANGANATHAN, M. Revise and Resubmit. “Stormwater Drains as Assemblages: Causality and Contingency in Bangalore’s Flood Risk”. Antipode.

  • RANGANATHAN, M. Forthcoming. “Paying for Water, Claiming Citizenship: Political Agency and Water Reforms at the Urban Periphery”. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. DOI: 10.1111/1468-2427.12028. Online version published May 27, 2013, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1468-2427.12028/abstract.


Stephen Tankel

tankel@american.edu

STEPHEN TANKEL

EXPERTISE

  • Terrorism

  • Insurgency

  • Evolution of violent non-state actors

  • Political and military affairs

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Stephen Tankel (2014): Indian Jihadism: The Evolving Threat, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, DOI: 10.1080/1057610X.2014.913120

  • 2012. Jihadist Violence: The Indian Threat. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC.

  • Storming the World State: The Story of Lashkar-e-Taiba. Hurst & Co. and Columbia University Press, 2011.


Jessica Trisko Darden

trisko@american.edu

JESSICA TRISKO DARDEN

EXPERTISE

  • The role of international actors in local conflict dynamics

  • The relationship between aid, conflict, and development

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Jessica Trisko Darden. Finacing Repression: Foreign Assistance, Coercive Capacity and Patterns of State Violence. Book manuscript in progress.

  • Izabela Steflja and Jessica Trisko Darden. "Making Civilian Casualties Count: Approaches to Documenting the Human Cost of War." Human Rights Review Vol. 14, No. 4: 347-366.

  • Stéfanie von Hlatky and Jessica N. Trisko. “Sharing the Burden of the Border: Layered Security Cooperation and the Canada-US Frontier.” Canadian Journal of Political Science Vol. 45, No. 1: 63-88.


Sharon Weiner

skweiner@american.edu

SHARON WEINER

EXPERTISE

  • Security

  • Institutional design

  • Bureaucratic politics

  • U.S. defense and foreign policy

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • "Reconsidering Cooperative Threat Reduction: Russian Nuclear Weapons Scientists and Non-Proliferation," Contemporary Security Policy, Vol. 29, No. 3 (December 2008), pp. 477-501.  

  • "Preventing Nuclear Entrepreneurship in Russia's Nuclear Cities," International Security Vol. 27, No. 2, Fall 2002. Reprinted in: New Global Dangers: Changing Dimensions of International Security (Cambridge, MIT Press, 2004).