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Umair Rasheed

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Contact Information

702 S Wright Street
3120 Lincoln Hall
Urbana IL 61801
MC 454

Office Hours

Summer 2023: Tuesday/Thursday 1-2 PM Central Time (email for Zoom link); or by appointment.
PhD candidate
Graduate teaching assistant


Before joining the Sociology Department Ph.D. program, Umair taught as adjunct faculty at the Humanities and Social Sciences Department of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He is currently conducting dissertation fieldwork in Pakistan.

Research Interests

Social movements, political parties, state/society relations, class theory, capitalism, religion and politics, urban sociality and politics. 


MA Sociology, University of Illinois, Urban-Champaign 

MA South Asian Studies, University of Illinois, Urban-Champaign

BSc (Hons) Politics and Economics, LUMS, Pakistan


Department of Sociology Summer Research-Travel Grant 2021 

Awards and Honors

Global South Languages Fellowship 2020-21 (Center for South Asia and Middle Eastern Studies, UIUC)

Bastian Dissertation Research and Writing Fellowships - Summer 2022, Fall 2022 (Sociology Department, UIUC)

Courses Taught


Soc 100 Intro to Sociology TA discussion sections (Fall, Spring 2021-22)

SAME 150 Arab Spring, The New Middle East discussion sectiosn (Fall 2013, Fall 2014)


At LUMS, Pakistan (Teaching Fellow, Adjunct Instructor)

Intro to Sociology (Fall 2022, 2023; Spring 2023)

Social Movements (Spring 2023, Fall 2023)

Political Sociology (Fall 2022)

Intro to Political Science (Spring 2019)

Islamic Movements (Fall 2017)

Pakistan Studies (Fall & Spring 2016-2017) 


Highlighted Publications

Book Review: Sovereign Attachments: Masculinity, Muslimness, and Affective Politics in Pakistan; Men and Masculinities journal May 2022 print edition. Available online:

Report commissioned by Human Rights Commission of Pakistan: Mapping Social Movements in Pakistan 2010-20, Available online: