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Sadia Saeed

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-4673 McLaren Hall 104


Before joining the Department of Sociology at the University of San Francisco, Sadia Saeed held postdoctoral fellowships at the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University, Bloomington, and the Department of Sociology at Yale University. She teaches courses on sociological theory, sociology of Islam, and global sociology.

Saeed is a historical sociologist with substantive interests in sociology of religion, political sociology, human rights, and international law. Her first project focused on issues of state formation, religious nationalism, and minority rights in South Asia. Her book, Politics of Desecularization: Law and the Minority Question in Pakistan (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), examines how the contentious relationship between Islam, nationalism, and rights of religious minorities has been debated and institutionalized in colonial India and Pakistan. She has also published various articles on these topics that have appeared in Studies in Ethnicity & Nationalism, Political Power & Social Theory, Economic & Political Weekly, Critical Research on Religion, and Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Her current research focuses on the emergence and evolution of minority rights in international law. She is also developing a comparative and historical project that analyzes how anticolonial movements in twentieth century Asia and Africa shaped subsequent political, socioeconomic, and constitutional developments.

PhD, Sociology, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
MA, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
BSc (Honors), Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan
Citizenship, Nationalism, and Human Rights
Sociology of Religion and Muslim Societies
International Law
State formation in the Global South
Pakistan/South Asia
Selected Publications

Saeed, S. Politics of Desecularization: Law and the Minority Question in Pakistan. New York: Cambridge University Press (in press).

Saeed, S. (2016). "Imperial Ideologies, Transnational Activism: Questioning the Place of Religious Freedom from British India." Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 36(2), 229-45.

Saeed, S. (2012). “Political Fields and Religious Movements: The Exclusion of the Ahmadiyya Community in Pakistan.” Political Power and Social Theory, 23, 189-223.