Mubbashir Rizvi

Mubbashir Rizvi

Dr. Mubbashir Rizvi is an Assistant Professor in Cultural Anthropology at Georgetown University. He holds a Ph.D. in Social-Cultural Anthropology from the University of Texas-Austin, and a BA from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. His research and teaching interests span social movements, environmental justice, postcolonial militarization and decolonization. His forthcoming book, The Ethics of Staying: Social Movements and Land Rights in Pakistan (Stanford University Press 2019), examines the rise of a land rights movement that challenged the Pakistani military’s policy to privatize state-owned farms.  Rizvi examines the role of social movements and technological change in shaping political agency in rural Pakistan. He has written on the moral economy of infrastructure projects, the use of counter-terrorism policies to suppress peasant land rights demands and the complexities arising from civil society/ NGO involvement in grassroots struggles.  His publications appear in History and Anthropology, Anthropology Today, and Text, Performance and Practice. Dr. Rizvi is pursuing a new project on Muslims and the Question of Decolonization. This project traces the relationships between Black diasporic communities, LatinX and Muslim migrant communities to understand how the presence of Islam in the West is used to redraw the racial, national and civilizational boundaries in Euro-American political discourse. Rizvi’s forthcoming publications locate the creative appropriation and significance of Islam in black expressive cultures with a methodological article based on the historical, cultural and environmental interpretation of Georgetown, Decolonization Georgetown through Memory Walk. This piece examines the overlooked history of indigenous communities, black laborers and poor whites by interpreting the changing uses of buildings, streets, and the river around Georgetown.

Dr. Rizvi incorporates his research interests in the courses he offers at Georgetown, Race, Empire and Muslims in the West, Environmental Anthropology, Global South Asia, Doing Anthropological Fieldwork and Anthropological Theory.

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Book Release: The Ethics of Staying

June 12th, 2019

Professor Mubbashir Rizvi’s book The Ethics of Staying: Social Movements and Land Rights Politics in Pakistan has been released by the Stanford Unive…