Amna Qayyum is a historian of South Asia, specializing in histories of democracy and development in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Her research interests include global histories of science and technology, foreign aid, gender, and Islamic thought.
Her current research project, Demographic States: Populations, Citizens, and the Family in Pakistan and Bangladesh, traces histories of population management to analyze state-making and unmaking in South Asia. Amna’s work for this project has been supported by the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS), the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Joint Center for Economics and History at Harvard University, and the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR).
Amna is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University. Prior to starting her graduate studies, she worked on governance and education projects in Pakistan.