Faculty & Staff
Sana Haroon, PhD
Associate Professor in History and Asian Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Program Director
Areas of Expertise
Professor Haroon’s research interests include Islam in early modern and modern South Asia, the history of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and social and political change across the Indian Ocean maritime region. She teaches courses in these areas.
PhD (History) School of Oriental and African Studies
BA (History) Yale University
Professional Publications & Contributions
- "Custodianship of the Shahidganj in Colonial Lahore: Land, Land Use and the Formation of Religious Community", forthcoming, Indian Economic and Social History Review.
- "Contextualizing the Deobandi Approach to Congregation and Management of Mosques in Colonial North India", forthcoming, Journal of Islamic Studies.
- "Competing Views of Pashtun Tribalism, Islam & Society in the Indo-Afghan Borderlands", in Nile Green ed., Afghanistan’s Islam: From its Origins to the Taliban. Forthcoming, University of California Press.
- “Pakistan between Iran and Saudi Arabia,” in Christophe Jaffrelot ed., Pakistan Today: Domestic Challenges and External Pressures (New York: Columbia University Press, 2016).
- Frontier of Faith: Islam in the Indo-Afghan Borderland (London: Hurst and Co., 2007; New York: Columbia University Press, 2008; Paperback, 2012).
- “Reformism and Orthodox Practice in Early Nineteenth-Century North India: Sayyid Ahmed Shaheed Reconsidered,” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 21.2 (2011).
- “Intersections of Religious Revivalism: Shari’a and jihad across the Durand Line in the Twentieth Century,” in Robert Crews and Shahzad Bashir eds., Alienated Nations, Fractured States: Afghanistan and Pakistan (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012).
- “The Rise of Deobandi Islam in the North-West Frontier Province and Its Implications in Colonial India and Pakistan,” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 18.1 (2008).
- “The Visibility of Women and the Rise of the Neo-Taliban Movement in the Pakistan North-West 2007-9,” forthcoming in Magnus Marsden and Ben Hopkins eds., Beyond Swat: History, Society and Power along the Afghanistan-Pakistan Frontier (forthcoming, London: Hurst and Co.).
- "Social Organisation and Religion in the North-West Frontier Tribal Areas," Research on Sustainable Development (Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2005).
Professor Haroon joined the UMass Boston faculty in 2012. She teaches in the History Department and Asian Studies Program, where she is involved in designing the new South Asian track of the Asian Studies major. She has taught at the University of East London, Zayed University, University of Karachi, and Yale University. She has held the Past and Present Foundation postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research in London, and the Malathy Singh Visiting Fellowship at the South Asian Studies Council at Yale University. Professor Haroon is currently working on a project exploring cultural change in early modern South Asia.
- Introduction to Asian Studies
- India Since 1857