Indiana University Bloomington

Majed Akhter

Majed Akhter Assistant Professor, Department of Geography


Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., 2013, Geography, University of Arizona
M.Sc., 2007, Economics, Lahore University of Management Sciences
B.S., 2004, Industrial Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology


  • Geographies of physical infrastructure
  • Transboundary waters
  • Geopolitics of drone warfare
  • Marxist geography, especially critical development studies
  • Modern Pakistan and South Asia


G 417/517: Geography of Development
G 463: Environmental Politics of South Asia
G 453: Water and Society
G 210: Introduction to Political Geography
G 120: World Regional Geography

Representative Publications

Peer Reviewed

  • Shaw, I.G.R., and Akhter, M. (2014). The dronification of state violence. Critical Asian Studies 46(2): 211-234.
  • Basu, P., Pawson, E., Akhter, M., Palmer, D., & Mervine, V. M. (2014). Connecting high school and university teachers in national and international contexts Journal of Geography in Higher Education 38(1): 40-48.
  • Mustafa, D., Akhter, M., and N. Nasrallah. 2013. Understanding Pakistan’s Water/Security Nexus. Peaceworks No. 88. Washington D.C.: United States Institute of Peace.
  • Shaw, I.G.R., and Akhter, M. (2012). The unbearable humanness of drone warfare in FATA, Pakistan. Antipode 44(4): 1490-1509.
  • Akhter, M., Ormeord, K., and Scott, C.A. (2010). Lost in translation: Resilience, social agency, and water planning in Tucson, Arizona. Critical Planning (17): 46-66.

Public Geography

  • Akhter, M. 2013. The geopolitics of dam design on the Indus. Economic and Political Weekly 48(19): 24-26.
  • Akhter, M. 2012 . Floods are not (just) natural. Tanqeed: a magazine of politics and culture. Available at:
  • Akhter, M. 2012. Indus and the ‘territorial trap’. Dawn (
  • Akhter, M. 2012. The politics of sovereignty in Pakistan. Economic and Political Weekly 47(2): 17-19.

Book Reviews

  • Akhter, M. 2013. Writing the Mughal State as a spatial process. (Book Review Essay). Economic and Political Weekly 48(40): 31-36.
  • Akhter, M. 2012. The politics of Islam and democracy in Pakistan. (Book Review Essay). Critical Asian Studies 44(3): 499-504.
  • Akhter, M. 2012. Book Review: Water: Asia’s New Battleground (by Brahma Chellaney, 2011, Georgetown University Press). Published online by Antipode at: