is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She specializes in modern South Asian history and the history of medicine.
Born in Pakistan, Amna completed her Bachelors Degree at Lahore University of Management Sciences. She went on to earn an M.Phil. in Development Studies and a D.Phil. in History from Oxford University.
Amna is the author of multiple book chapters on the history of public health in nineteenth-century India, with an emphasis on the connections between Hindu pilgrimages and the spread of epidemics.
Growing up under a series of military dictatorships, Amna has a strong interest in issues relating to censorship and free expression. In 2020/21, Amna served as the inaugural John Stuart Mill Faculty Fellow at Heterodox Academy, an organization dedicated to promoting open inquiry, viewpoint diversity and constructive disagreement in higher education. In this capacity, Amna helped launch the "Heterodox Out Loud" podcast, which she curated and hosted.
Amna speaks frequently on academic freedom, free speech and campus politics at colleges and universities as well as at professional conferences. Her essays and commentaries on these same issues have appeared in outlets such as the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Conversation, Inside Higher Ed and the New Republic.
Combining her interest in free expression with her expertise in history, she hosts a podcast called "Banished," which explores what happens when people, ideas and works of art come into conflict with our modern sensibilities.