Amna Qayyum is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University. She specializes in twentieth-century global history, with a particular focus on decolonization and the Cold War in South Asia and the Muslim world. Amna's research and teaching interests include histories of gender, science and technology, development, and Islamic thought.
Her current book project, tentatively titled Demographic States: The Global Biopolitics of Authoritarianism in South Asia, offers multi-scalar insights into how postcolonial sovereignty intersected with, and disrupted, global biopolitical projects. It situates Pakistan and Bangladesh not simply as Cold War laboratories, but as critical geographies in the production of global demographic knowledge and practices. Demographic States demonstrates how transnational currents of population management were crucial in shaping normative understandings of reproduction, development, and religious authority; fashioning practices and technologies of authoritarian state-making; and instituting gendered and racialized regimes of global governance.
Amna's research and writing for this project has 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 Rockefeller Archive Center, the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Foundation, and the American Institute for Pakistan Studies (AIPS).
Amna received her Ph.D. in History from Princeton University in 2021. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked on governance and education projects in South Asia. Most recently, she has advised the Government of Pakistan on Covid-19 related human security.