Education

B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Fields and Specialties

Middle East, South Asia and Central Asia, principally since 1500;

economic and social history,

and cultural and historical anthropology

Teaching Areas

Modern Middle East, Global South Asia,

Afghanistan, colonialism,

and world history

Research Interests

Afghanistan, the Persianate World, Pashto,

colonialism, nationalism, tribal history, nomadic societies,

Islamic urbanism, historical linguistics, migration, diasporas,

identity formation, cartography, photography,

animal and environmental studies

Grants

Social Science Research Council,

Council of American Overseas Research Centers,

American Historical Association,

American Institute of Afghanistan Studies,

Asian Development Bank,

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Select Publications and Presentations

Books

Connecting Histories in Afghanistan ( Gutenberg-e 2008Stanford 2011)

Mountstuart Elphinstone in South Asia (Oxford/Hurst 2019)

Journal Articles

The Pashtun Counter Narrative (Middle East Critique, 2016)

Shah Shuja’s Hidden History (SAMAJ, 2012)

Impoverishing a Colonial Frontier (Iranian Studies, 2004)

Book Chapters (Printed)

" A Book History of  An Account of the Kingdom of Caubul ” (Hurst, 2019)

A Genealogy of Orientalism in Afghanistan: The Colonial Image Lineage” (Brill, 2018)

A History of Linguistic Boundary Crossing within and around Pashto” in  Beyond Swat (Hurst & Columbia, 2013)

Quandaries of the Afghan Nation in  Under the Drones (Harvard, 2012)

Henry George Raverty and the Colonial Marketing of Pashto,” in  Knowing India (Yoda [New Delhi], 2011.

Book Chapters (Online)

Elephants in Afghanistan:  Surveying the History of a Pachyderm Frontier

Photography and Orientalism in Morocco

Camels in Nineteenth-Century Afghanistan and Australia

History of Pashto Printing and Resistance to Print

The Hawala System and the Afghan Diaspora

Short Essays

Shi’ism in Contemporary Afghanistan in AHA Perspectives

Orientalism in Contemporary Afghanistan in E-International Relations 

Colonial Knowledge in Contemporary Afghanistan at the Middle East Institute 

Encyclopedia Entries

Encyclopaedia Iranica 

Gomal

Indian Merchants in Nineteenth-Century Afghanistan

Jalalabad

Kandahar in the Nineteenth Century (published),

Ahmad Shah Durrani and Timur Shah Durrani (forthcoming) 

Encyclopedia of Islam

Kakar, Suleyman Khel, Zhob (published),

Durrani, Dust Muhammad, Jalalabad, Kabul History, and Kandahar (forthcoming)

Presentations

Postcards from Afghanistan:  Forging a Nation through Visual Culture, JMU Libraries Special Collections Speakers Series, September 2019. 

The Battle for Minds in Cold War Afghanistan:  Outlining a US Information Management Regime, Russian-Armenian University, Yerevan, June 2019. 

Cartographic History of Afghanistan:  The Early Modern and Colonial Periods, Library of Congress, June 2019.

Imperial Iconography in Afghanistan: A Comparative Survey of American, British and Soviet Images, Duke University, February 2019.

Connecting Histories in and Beyond Afghanistan:  Necessities, Possibilities, Limitations, Yale University, February 2019.

Keynote Address at the Afghanistan in Academia: Knowledge and Representation Workshop , SOAS, 2018.

Early Twentieth Century Photography in Afghanistan:  Reflections on the Chronologies, Geographies and Technologies of Orientalism and NationalismShanghai University, 2018. 

The Ethnic Map of Afghanistan:  Historical Origins and Political Consequences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017.

Wood and Water as Environmental Pathways for Globalizing and Re-Localizing Afghanistan Studies (St. Petersburg State University, 2017)  

Service

Founding Coordinator,  Middle Eastern Communities and Migrations Interdisciplinary Minor 

Faculty Initiator, South Asian Studies Minor-in-Formation

Member, South Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies (2017-2020)

Member, Board of Trustees of the American Institute of Indian Studies (2017-2020) 

Additional Scholarly Activities Interviews and Profiles

American Institute of Indian Studies Mughal Persian Workshop Co-Organizer, Lucknow, India, August 2019.

The Mountstuart Elphinstone Project

http://www.jp-india.org/Programmes/mountstuart-elphinstone-between-local-and-global-forces 

https://www.soas.ac.uk/south-asia-institute/events/06nov2015-mountstuart-elphinstone-and-the-historical-foundations-of-afghanistan-studies-reframing-co.html

Dr. Hanifi was interviewed by  Madison Magazine and  Be the Change at JMU, the American Institute of Indian Studies, the History Channel, and the New Arab What Will Happen to Afghanistan’s National Languages?, The New Arab, July 2019.

Dr. Hanifi was profiled as part of the Multi-Country Research Fellowships awarded by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers

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