College of Arts and Sciences

Majed Akhter

Majed Akhter Assistant Professor, Department of Geography

Office: SB 204
TEL: (812) 855-7971

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


  • Political economy of state formation
  • Politics of physical infrastructures
  • Historical geographical materialism and Marxist theory
  • Transboundary rivers and water security
  • Geopolitics of drone warfare
  • Modern Pakistan and South Asia


G 417/517: Geography of Development
G 463/563: Political Geographies of South Asia
G 453/553: Water and Society
G 347: Water Security and Sustainability (w/ Darren Ficklin)
G 210: Introduction to Political Geography
G 208: Human-Environment Interaction
G 120: World Regional Geography

Conferences Organized

  • December 11-14, 2015. Comparative Subalternities. (w/ Olimpia Rosenthal, Ishan Ashutosh, Andres Guzman, and Anu Sabhlok). Gurgaon, India.
  • July 14-17, 2015. Reconfiguring Global Space: The Geography, Politics, and Ethics of Drone Warfare. (w/ Hamid Ekbia). Bloomington, IN
  • April 3-4, 2015. Race, Place, and Capital in Postcolonial Studies: An Inter-disciplinary Tricontinental Symposium. Bloomington, IN (w/ Olimpia Rosenthal and Ishan Ashutosh).

Representative Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

  • Akhter, M. (2015). Dams as a climate change adaptation strategy: Geopolitical implications for Pakistan. Strategic Analysis 39(6): 744-748.
  • Akhter, M. (2015). Infrastructure nation: State space, hegemony, and hydraulic regionalism in Pakistan. Accepted in Antipode 47(4): 849-870.
  • Akhter, M., and Ormerod, K. (2015). The irrigation technozone: State power, expertise, and agrarian development in the U.S. West and British Punjab, 1880-1920. Geoforum 60: 123-132.
  • Akhter, M. (2015). The hydropolitical Cold War: The Indus Waters Treaty and state formation in Pakistan.Political Geography 46 (3): 65-75.
  • 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.
  • Shaw, I.G.R., and Akhter, M. (2012). The unbearable humanness of drone warfare in FATA, Pakistan.Antipode 44(4): 1490-1509.
  • Akhter, M., Ormerod, 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. (2015). Infrastructures of colonialism and resistance. Tanqeed (9)
  • Akhter, M. (2014). State, society and power: Towards a new political economy of Pakistan. Economic and Political Weekly 49 (26/27): 49-50.
  • Akhter, M. (2014). Electrifying development. Tanqeed
  • Mustafa, D., Akhter, M., and N. Nasrallah. (2013). Understanding Pakistan's Water/Security Nexus. Peaceworks (88). Washington D.C.: United States Institute of Peace. [peer-reviewed]
  • 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 (2)

Book Review Essays

  • Akhter, M. (2015). Writing neoliberal waters. Dialectical Anthropology 39(2): 233-238.
  • Akhter, M. (2013). Writing the Mughal State as a spatial process. Economic and Political Weekly 48(40): 31-36.
  • Akhter, M. (2012). The politics of Islam and democracy in Pakistan. Critical Asian Studies 44(3): 499-504.