Amna Qayyum is a scholar of twentieth-century international history, specializing in decolonization and U.S. foreign relations in South Asia and the Muslim world. Her research and teaching focus on intersections between gender, science, and Islam and their relationship to histories of governance and international relations. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in International Security Studies at the Jackson School of Global Affairs, Yale University.

At Jackson, Amna is currently working on her first book project. Titled Authoritarian Body Politics in Pakistan: Reproduction, the Global Cold War, and the Making of an Islamic Republic, her project demonstrates how both men and women's reproduction has been central in shaping authoritarian governance, global development politics, and U.S. foreign policy in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Drawing on multi-sited archives and interviews, Authoritarian Body Politics forcefully repositions Muslim South Asia in global political geographies and provides fresh insights into the critical role of transnational non-states actors – from physicians and philanthropists to Islamic modernists and feminists – in policymaking and global governance. A related journal article on family planning and Muslim internationalism in Pakistan, Iran, and Turkey is forthcoming in a special issue of Cold War History.  

Authoritarian Body Politics is based on Amna's doctoral dissertation, which was awarded the 2021 S.S Pirzada Dissertation Prize in Pakistan Studies by the University of California, Berkeley. Her research and writing for this project has also been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), the Joint Center for Economics and History at Harvard University, the World Bank Group, the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Foundation, and the American Institute for Pakistan Studies (AIPS), among other institutions.  

In addition to her academic research and teaching, Amna is committed to centering feminist and decolonial methodologies for policy analysis. She is currently developing a policy brief analyzing the role of gender in nuclear energy policy in South Asia as part of the Nuclear Futures Working Group (NWFG) convened by the New America Foundation. Previously, she has advised the Government of Pakistan's National Security Division on Covid-19 related human security. Her commentary has also appeared in various media outlets, including the Washington Post.  

She holds a Ph.D. in History from Princeton University.