Welcome to AIPS

The American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS), established in 1973, is a bi-national research and education organization with a mission to promote academic study of Pakistan in the US and to encourage scholarly exchange between the US and Pakistan.

It is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, autonomous organization and a member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

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2019-20 AIPS Fellowship Awardees

AIPS is excited to announce the recipients of the 2019-20 AIPS Fellowships. Congratulations to Andrew Amstutz, Chad Haines, Salman Hussain, Zayad Bangash, Fatima Tassadiq, Maira Hayat, and Zehra Husain! To read more about these awardees and their projects, please click here. AIPS is proud to offer annual research fellowships for uniquely qualified pre- and post-doctoral students and professionals.

2019 AIPS Book Prize Winner!

AIPS is pleased to recognize the winner of the 2019 AIPS Book Prize as Ammara Maqsood for her recent book, "The New Pakistani Middle Class." The book, based on ethnographic field work in Lahore, weaves together ideas of religious identity, piety, consumption, and modernity into an enjoyable and accessible narrative. Maqsood’s work addresses key issues (e.g., religion and class) without overlooking the everyday details that entertain the reader.

Dynamics of Countering Human Trafficking in South Asia

Dr. Hassan Abbas led two “Dynamics of Countering Human Trafficking in South Asia” workshops in Islamabad and Lahore, Pakistan from December 17th-23rd.  They focused on fully understanding the nature and magnitude of human trafficking in the broader South Asian region and were geared towards developing local capacity to counter this challenge as well as studying the dynamics that allow this menace to thrive at a global scale.

9th Annual Pakistan Conference

AIPS is co-sponsored the 9th Annual Pakistan Conference: Spaces of Capital at the University of Michigan on March 30, 2019. This conference brought together vibrant scholars around the intersection of economy and politics. The first panel of the conference dealt with urban infrastructure with a paper by Amen Jaffer (LUMS) on waste management and a paper by Maira Haya (Stanford) on water.

Junior Faculty Training and Exchange Program

AIPS has been hosting Junior Faculty Training and Exchange Programs, funded by the US Embassy in Pakistan. These programs allow a unique series of exchanges between US and Pakistani scholars and institutions. Grantees work to develop a program or series of programs on a variety of different topics to foster a deeper cross-cultural understanding. Find more information about this program and detailed summaries of supported projects here.