Sumita Pahwa

Associate Professor of Politics
Chair, Department of Middle East and North Africa Studies (MENA)

Department: Politics
Office Address: Balch 204
Office Phone: (909) 607-3154

Sumita Pahwa will be on leave during the spring semester.

Sumita Pahwa

Academic History

  • Instructor, Department of Government, Skidmore College 2009-2011.
  • PhD Johns Hopkins University 2012
  • BA Middlebury College 1998

Areas of Expertise

  • Middle East Politics
  • South Asian Politics
  • Religion and Politics
  • Social movements
  • Politics of identity
  • Ideational and cultural politics
  • Democratization

Personal Interests

I work on the comparative evolution of religiopolitical movements in the Middle East and South Asia and have done field research in Egypt and India. I am currently focusing on how Islamist movements in Egypt and other parts of North Africa have adapted to new political environments after the Arab Spring, and on comparative political transitions in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco. I have lived and worked in Cairo for the past three years. My academic interests also include the politics of identity and religion in India and Pakistan and comparative secularisms in the Middle East, South Asia, Europe and North America.

Selected Research and Publications

“Secularizing Islamism and Islamizing Democracy: The Political and Ideational Evolution of the Egyptian Muslim Brothers 1984-2012” in Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 18, Issue 2: Special Edition: “Religion, Secularization and Democracy in the Mediterranean Region: Problems and Prospects.”

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Religion and Politics
  • Middle East Politics
  • Senior Seminar