Syed Ali Mehdi Zaidi

Field of Interest(s)
I am interested in understanding how people live when living seems to be most difficult. I am exploring this question in Balochistan, Pakistan.
I am interested in understanding how people live when living seems to be most difficult. I am exploring this question in Balochistan, Pakistan. For far too long, Balochistan has been treated as less than the rest of the provinces in Pakistan. It is politically, socially and economically marginalized in more ways than one. In Balochistan's capital, Quetta, there is a strong presence of the Shia hazara community who, over the past three decades, have been severely targeted in what is described even by the Supreme Court of Pakistan as ethnic genocide. In response to this violence, Hazara community members have adjusted, adapted and found a way to continue living. I am interested in these social processes such as transnational migrations, a regenerative role of the Hazara dead, drug addiction and drug rehabilitation.
 
Prior to Stanford, I attended University of Washington's South Asian Studies MA at the Jackson School on a Fulbright scholarship. I arrived there from an undergraduate in History at Lahore University of Management Sciences.
 
I occasionally tweet at @teri_marx_ki about things publicly important to me.
Syed Ali Mehdi Zaidi