Histories of political thought and sensibility; aesthetics and poetics; political economy; affect and sentiment; nation, race, and religion; war and terror; feminist and postcolonial studies; capitalism and colonialism; left and right radicalisms; anticolonial movements and decolonization; philosophy and politics of education; US, South Asia, Middle East, and North Africa
PhD in Political Science, Pennsylvania State University
MA in Liberal Studies, New School for Social Research
MBA & BBA, Institute of Business Administration
Dr. Asma Abbas is a transdisciplinary political theorist interested in the history of forms of political existence. She was born and raised in Karachi, which still furnishes most of the affective abundances that drive her vocation. Situated at the intersection of politics, ethics, and aesthetics, her work addresses how these domains and their demands shape the tasks of knowledge and subject production in a global postcolonial context and inform struggles for peace and justice. Her scholarship and teaching evince a cultivated practice in decolonial and materialist politics and a commitment to de-provincialising marginalized ways of thinking, being, and knowing in order to channel their emancipatory and transformative potential. She has previously served as Division Head for Social Studies, Faculty Convener of the Simon’s Rock Study Group on Institutional Transition and Mission, and is the founding member and coordinator of the Proseminar in Humanistic and Social Scientific Inquiry. She attends conferences and workshops in political science, philosophy, and the interdisciplinary humanities. Her writing has been published in several edited volumes, and in journals such as Politics and Culture, Journal of Politics, Theory & Event, and Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. Dr. Abbas has been teaching at Simon's Rock since 2005.