Mariam Mufti

Assistant Professor

Portrait of Mariam MuftiAreas of specialization

Comparative politics,

South Asia,

Democratization and regime change, 

Electoral and party politics


BA (Pakistan); MA (Johns Hopkins University, 2006); PhD (Johns Hopkins University 2011)

Dr. Mufti is a comparative political scientist by training. She works on regime change and political participation in hybrid regimes. In particular, Dr. Mufti’s research focuses on the role of the military and political parties in the processes of recruitment and selection of the political elite in Pakistan as a way to understand the behavior of political leadership and regime dynamics. Based on this research, she is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Accessing Political Power and Democratization in Pakistan. Another project, which is also in progress, is a detailed historical and contemporary examination of Pakistan’s party system and its growing relevance as the country makes a transition to democracy.

Apart from academic research, Dr. Mufti has considerable policy-relevant, consultancy experience, having authored monographs for The Asia Foundation, Center for Strategic International Studies and Department for International Development (DFID). She also writes frequently for widely-read international newspapers and magazines on politics in South Asia.

Dr. Mufti teaches courses on domestic and international politics of South Asia. She also teaches courses on the politics of developing countries, politics of authoritarianism and transitions to democracy.

Recent publications

Political Parties in Pakistan: Organization and Power Structure. Islamabad: The Asia Foundation, November 2012 (co-authored with Dr. M. Waseem)

A Literature Review on Religious Extremism in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Washington, D.C.: Center for Strategic International Studies, 2012

The Impact of Pakistan’s Domestic Affairs on the Making of US Foreign Policy” in Schofield, Julian and Usama Butt (eds.) Pakistan: The US, Geopolitics and Grand Strategies. London, UK: Pluto Press, 2012

Works in Progress

Selection of the Federal Cabinet in Pakistan” in The Selection of Ministers Around the World, Dowding, Keith and Patrick Dumont eds. UK: Routledge (forthcoming)

Years in Democratic Transition 1988-1997” in Long, Roger D (eds.) History of Pakistan. Karachi: Oxford University Press (forthcoming)


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