Amna is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History, specializing in Modern South Asia. Her research interests include histories of international development and economic life, the political economy of knowledge, and modern Islamic thought. She is also interested in global and comparative approaches to studying decolonization and the Cold War.
Her dissertation project focuses on family planning schemes in Pakistan and Bangladesh from 1947-77. She examines the ways through which South Asia became a crucial site for global population control, and how family planning schemes in West and East Pakistan (later Bangladesh) produced critical debates over statecraft, modernization, and the role of religion and women in the postcolonial state. This project also situates Pakistani and Bangladeshi social scientists and doctors within global narratives of population planning, tracing the ways through which their writings and work helped international organizations rethink the ideas undergirding population and development projects. Amna's research for this project has been supported externally by the American Institute for Pakistan Studies (AIPS), the Joint Center for Economics and History at Harvard University, and the Rockefeller Archive Center.
Prior to attending Princeton she received a M.A in History from Tufts University, and a B.A summa cum laude in Economics and History from Connecticut College. She also worked on USAID and State Department programs on governance and education in Pakistan.