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Chad Haines

Chad Haines

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies/Global Studies, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies


School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
Arizona State University
PO Box 874302
Tempe, AZ 85287-4302


  • Senior Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Assistant Professor, Religious Studies/Global Studies, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies


Chad Haines is a cultural anthropologist whose interests are broadly concerned with urbanism, modernity, and the contemporary Muslim world. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Religious Studies and in Global Studies on Islam, modernity, postcoloniality, and globalization. He is an affiliated faculty with the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict and the Center on the Future of War.

Haines’ publications include a monograph titled Nation, Territory, and Globalization in Pakistan: Traversing the Margins (Routledge 2012) that analyzes the mapping of marginal spaces within the nation-making processes of Pakistan, particularly focusing on the remote, mountainous northern region known as Gilgit-Baltistan. He is also co-editor of Women and Peace in the Islamic World: Gender, Agency, and Influence (I.B. Taurus 2015) and the forthcoming People’s Peace: Prospects for a Human Future. His current research, Muslim Pathways: Negotiating Modernity, Religion, and Urbanity interweaves his earlier interests in the spatial history of margins and Islam. The work 1) analyzes the diverse forces of modernity that reshape the cities of Cairo, Islamabad, and Dubai; 2) map out the urban public spaces in these cities and how they are usurped by users; and, 3) reflects on how informality and dialogue transgress normative ideas of modernity professed by liberalism and Islamism, creating new sites and ways of being Muslim in the modern world.

Before moving to Arizona State University, Haines taught at American University in Cairo and was a research scholar at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He has held visiting positions at Duke University’s Center for South Asian Studies, the Center for Civilizational Dialogue in the University of Malaysia and the Iqbal Institute for Research at Islamic International University, Islamabad. He is actively engaged in a variety of projects fostering university partnerships and is the PI for a current project (2015-2018) in development studies and communication studies between ASU and the University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. He is also involved in delivering a series of workshops to young Pakistani academics on Peace Studies.