Maira Hayat – Keough School


Maira Hayat is Assistant Professor of Environmental and Peace Studies at Keough School Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and a concurrent faculty member in the Department of Anthropology. She conducts research at the intersection of bureaucracy, law and the environment, drawing on ethnographic and archival methods.

Before coming to Notre Dame, Hayat was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University and at the Woods Institute for the Environment. She received her PhD from the Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago in December 2018. Hayat graduated from Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan in 2008 and holds an MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford.

Hayat’s first and current book project is based on his doctoral thesis, “Ecologies of Water Governance in Pakistan: The Colony, the Corporation and the Contemporary, ” who won the 2019 SS Pirzada Annual Thesis Award for Best Pakistan Thesis. A thesis chapter, “The Gender of Corruption: Bureaucrats, Bodies, and Women’s Complaint in an Irrigation Bureaucracy,” won the 2018 Sylvia Forman Award from the Association for Feminist Anthropology for a paper. exceptional graduate studies.

Hayat’s work has been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the American Institute of Pakistan Studies. Her publications, including a special issue that she co-organized, appeared in the Examination of anthropology of work, Anthropology criticism, and Journal of the Oxford Anthropological Society among others. (A full list of publications is available on it personal website.) Hayat’s community education in environmental violence and justice received a Cardinal Course Grant for Public Service and an artsCatalyst Grant (at Stanford University) and a Starr Lectureship Award at the University of Chicago.


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