Adeem Suhail

Cohort: 2012


  • MA, Anthropology, Emory University, 2014
  • MA, Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2011
  • BA, History, University of Texas at Austin, 2009
  • BSEE, University of Texas at Austin, 2009


My work broadly pertains to issues in political anthropology, and my work lies at the intersection of the anthropology of violence, state theory, and urban anthropology. My doctoral research project is based off ethnographic research conducted in Lyari Town, Karachi, Pakistan.

My doctoral research specifically seeks to understand how the township of Lyari appears to have  transformed from a peaceful working-class neighborhood to an urban war-zone marked by ‘spectacular violence’ between gangs organized ostensibly along ethnic lines. I seek to understand how specific discursive formations around crises of the urban, such as those around urban violence, elide the materiality of urban life and mask everyday processes of political subjection.

Advisor: Dr. Nugent