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Dr. Ryan Brasher


Ph.D. (Indiana University, USA) in Political Science, with subfields in Comparative Politics and International Relations, and minor in Central Eurasian Studies.

  • Memberships (including past): Social Science History Association, International Political Science Association, American Political Science Association


  • State-building in early 20th Century Afghanistan and Iran
  • Nationalism and Ethnic Identity in Central Asia
  • Christian Minority in Pakistan: past contributions and current attitudes
  • Ethno-Federalism in Pakistan

Courses taught:

  • At FCCU: 
    • Introduction to Political Science
    • Government of Western Europe and North America
    • Research Methodology
    • Politics of the Middle East
    • Theories of Comparative Politics
    • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • At Indiana University
    • Democracy and National Security
    • Introduction to Comparative Politics
    • Politics of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran
    • Soccer and Politics


  • 2011 “Ethnic Brother or Artificial Namesake? The Construction of Tajik Identity in Afghanistan and Tajikistan” Berkeley Journal of Sociology
  • 2014 (co-authored) “Militant Islam in South Asia: Past Trajectories and Present Implications” in Krause and Mallory: Afghanistan, Pakistan and Strategic Change Routledge.
  • 2019/2020 (accepted for publication, OUP Pakistan): Editor and Introductory Chapter: “Ethno-Federalism in Pakistan at 70: Local, National, and Comparative Perspectives.”
  • 2020 “Pride and Abstention: National Identity, Uncritical Patriotism and Political Engagement among Christian Students in Pakistan”. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies

Events and Conferences:

  • July 2016 International Political Science Association Conference, Poznan, Poland; paper title:  “Projecting the State: Political Ideology and Infrastructural Power in early 20th Century Afghanistan and Iran”
  • April 2017 LUMS, Lahore, Conference: “Pakistan at 70: The Long View”; presentation title: “National Identity amongst the Christian Minority in Pakistan”
  • January 2018 Afkar-e-Taza Lahore ThinkFest; presentation title: “The Patchwork State in Afghanistan”
  • October 2018 Minhaj University Conference: “Social Responsibility and World Religions”; Panel Chair


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