Note: Please return back for updates with Photos from 2018-2019 Fieldwork in Pakistan. 

Dissertation Fieldwork 2018-2019: Second Assessment: 3 months interviews in Washington, DC; 5 months fieldwork in Pakistan: Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, and Interior Sindh: Tharparkar, Hyderabad, Jamshoro, Sukkur, Larkana, Kambar-ShadatKot, Khairpur.

Fieldwork Funding Award: Smith Richardson Foundation, World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship

In my fieldwork design, I employ archival document analysis and specific qualitative techniques in social network analysis for data collection. Documents from development organization program literature will be analyzed and coded based on actors and relationships to formulate the formal network design. The second step will include qualitative interviews, involving snowballing and name generation as well as roster techniques.

In the dissertation fieldwork recently completed, I continued the qualitative interviews and archival analysis, applying snowballing techniques and sharing preliminary network structure designs from the content analysis of development program literature within my field interviews. Skype and in-person interviews took place among relevant individuals in the DC area and remotely for contacts established in Pakistan. This second more in-depth overseas assessment involved five months of travels in Pakistan, specifically Islamabad, Peshawar, Karachi, Lahore, Sukkur, Tharparkar, and several other surrounding places.


Dissertation Fieldwork: December 2017 to Jan 2018: Two months fieldwork in Pakistan: Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Lahore, Faisalabad, Hyderabad, Jamshoro, and Tandojam.

Fieldwork Travel Grant provided by Schar School of Policy and Government






From Dec 2017 through January 2018, I conducted my exploratory fieldwork to assess the feasibility of my research design, establish and enhance local connections, and  conduct preliminary interviews. I employed snowballing, name generation and roster techniques in my field interviews. This exploratory fieldwork was partially funded by The Schar School of Policy and Government.





Masters Fieldwork: Summer 2008 – 3.5 months in Karachi, Pakistan.

Fred C. Bruhns Nationality Rooms Scholarship, $2,500.

I spent 3.5 months conducting fieldwork during my Masters with access to settlements (or goths) in the outskirts of Karachi. The research was to examine gender disparities and violence against women in Pakistan. The independent study was accompanied with work among two NGOs: Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and the All Pakistan Women’s Association in 2008. This involved interviews of all stakeholders, including government officials, advocates, politicians, NGO workers, Aid workers, general citizens, Lawyers, rape and human trafficking victims, and domestic violence victims. Interviews were conducted alongside an in-depth ethnographic analysis.