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.
This 2020/21 academic year, she is serving 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 new "Heterodox Out Loud" podcast, which she curates and hosts.
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's research explores the connections between Hindu pilgrimages and the spread of epidemics, with an emphasis on the role subordinates played in the colonial governance of British India. The author of multiple book chapters on the history of public health in nineteenth-century India, she is completing a manuscript titled "Pilgrimage, Place and Public Health: Sanitary Regulation of Sacred Space in British India."
Growing up under a series of military dictatorships, Amna has a strong interest in issues relating to censorship and free expression. She speaks frequently on academic freedom, free speech and campus politics at colleges and universities as well as at professional conferences for organizations such as the American Association of University Professors, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and Heterodox Academy. Her essays and commentaries on these same issues have appeared in outlets such as the Conversation, Inside Higher Ed and the New Republic.