Syed Mohammad Ali

Syed Mohammad Ali
Professorial Lecturer of Anthropology
2112 G St. 202
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Areas of Expertise

Dr. Ali is a development anthropologist whose areas of expertise include exploring interactions between governments, international donors and civil society organizations to address varied socio-economic and political challenges, specifically within the developing countries context.

Dr. Ali is a development anthropologist who works primarily in Pakistan,

Current Research

Currently working on devolution and democracy in Pakistan study for the United States Institute of Peace.


Ph.D. 2013, Melbourne University
M.A. 2003, Melbourne University
B.A. 1994, Tufts University



2014  Ali, S.M. Development, Poverty, and Power in Pakistan: The Impact of State and Donor Interventions on Farmers, Routledge, Oxford.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

2014  Ali, S.M. "Bypassing poor farmers: Market based approaches to agriculture in rural Pakistan," Melbourne Journal of Politics 39: 19-39.

2013  Ali, S.M. "The Afghan drug problem and its implications for Pakistan." In H. Riecke and K. Francke, eds., Partners for Stability: Involving Neighbors in Afghanistan’s Reconstruction – Transatlantic Approaches. Berlin: DGA-Schriften zur Internationalen Politik.

2008  Ali, S.M. "Commercial sexual exploitation of children in Pakistan," South Asia Journal 19: 93-101.

2007  Ali, S.M. "Poverty alleviation in South Asia," South Asia Journal 16: 65-75.

Classes Taught

Anth 1002: Sociocultural Anthropology
Anth 2008: Foundations of Anthropology
Anth 6331: Research Methods in Development Anthropology


Last updated August 31, 2017