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Lubna ChaudhryLubna Chaudhry, PhD

Department Chair and Associate Professor

Office: University Downtown Center, Room 441
Office Phone: 607-777-9207
Fax: 607-777-7587


Lubna Chaudhry has published numerous articles and book chapters on structural and conflict-based violence faced by disenfranchised communities in Pakistan. After receiving her PhD from the University of California at Davis in the interdisciplinary field of sociocultural studies in education, Chaudhry taught at the University of Georgia, Athens, for three years. After that she lived in Pakistan where she first worked for the ASR Institute of Women's Studies, but then spent three and a half years as a research fellow at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute in Islamabad, Pakistan. For one of her projects there she worked as senior researcher for a World Bank-funded Pakistan poverty assessment. During her time at the institute she was also involved in a Ford Foundation-funded study examining women, conflict and security.

Since 2003, when she joined Binghamton University's Department of Human Development, Chaudhry has maintained a transnational presence in Pakistan and the United States and is currently conducting fieldwork to understand the impact of armed conflict on children and youth in Swat Valley, Pakistan. Chaudhry holds a joint title with the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program, and is an affiliated faculty member of the University's programs in Asian and Asian Diaspora Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Educational background

  • PhD: sociocultural studies in education (double minors in feminist theory and research and critical theory), University of California, Davis
  • MA: applied linguistics, University of Hawaii, Manoa
  • MA: English, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
  • BA: English and history, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan


Courses developed and regularly taught

  • HDEV 301, Mothering in Cultural Context
  • HDEV 335, Gender, Development and Education
  • HDE 348, Politics of Education
  • HDEV 361, Global Migration Flows and Processes
  • HDEV 379, Migration, Citizenship and Social Justice
  • HDEV 382T-ST, Forms of Global Violence
  • HDEV 400, Social Justice

Current  and ongoing research interests

  • Impact of direct and structural violence on communities
  • Armed conflict and children/youth
  • Gender and conflict/violence
  • International development
  • Transitional justice and peace education
  • Critical analyses of research methods, especially ethnographic and qualitative

Selected publications

  • Chaudhry, L.N.  (2015)  Maternal pedagogies in Swat Valley, Pakistan: On faith, jihad and peace.  In T. Takseva & A. Sgoutas (Eds.), Mothers under fire: Mothering in conflict areas, pp. 98-116.  Bradford, Canada: Demeter Press.
  • Chaudhry, L. N. (2015) Women in post-conflict Swat, Pakistan: Notes on agency, resistance, and survival.  In H.Ahmad-Ghosh (Ed.), Asian Muslim women: Globalization and lived realities, pp.83-102.  Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

  • Chaudhry, L. N. (2014) Mohajir women survivors in postcolonial Karachi: On grief.  SouthAsian History and Culture, 5(3), 349-364.

  • Chaudhry, L.N. (2013) Researching the War on Terror in Swat Valley, Pakistan: Grapplings with the impact on communities and the transnational knowledge industry. Journal of Social Issues, 69(4), 713-733.
  • Chaudhry, L.N. (2010) Flowers, queens,and goons: Unruly women in rural Pakistan. Journal of International Women’s Studies. 11(1), 246-267.
  • Chaudhry, L. N. (2010) Women and poverty: Salient findings from a gendered analysis of a quasi-anthropological study in rural Sindh and Punjab. In S. Ahmad, (Ed.), Pakistani women: Multiple locations and competing narratives. Oxford in Pakistan Readings in Sociology and Social Anthropology Series, pp. 47-119. Oxford, New Delhi, and Karachi: Oxford University Press.
  • Chaudhry, L.N. & Bertram, C. C. (2009) Narrating trauma and reconstruction in post-conflict Karachi: Feminist liberation psychology and the contours of agency in the margins. Feminism & Psychology, 19(3), 298-312.
  • Chaudhry, L. N. (2009) Forays into the mist: Violences, voices, vignettes. In A. Jackson & L. Massei (Eds.), Voice in Qualitative Inquiry: Challenging conventional, interpretive, and critical conceptions in qualitatiave research, pp. 137-164. London and New York: Routledge.
  • Chaudhry, L. N. (2008) Mapping women’s agency: On violence, difference, and silence in a village in Southern Punjab, Pakistan. In R. Coomaraswamy & N. Rajasingham (Eds.), Constellations of Violence: Feminist Intervention in South Asia, pp. 149-180. Colombo and New Delhi: International Centre for Ethnic Studies and Women Unlimited.

Last Updated: 9/15/17