Karim-Aly KASSAM

Director of Graduate Studies, American Indian Program and International Associate Professor of Environmental and Indigenous Studies, Department of Natural Resources and the American Indian Program at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University


  • PhD in Natural Resource Policy and Management (concentrations in Socio-Anthropology and Community Sociology), Cornell University, NY, USA
  • MPhil in Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge, UK
  • MSc in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries, London School of Economics, UK
  • BA in Economics, University of Calgary, Canada

Karim-Aly works closely with Central Asian scholars and scientists researching the complex connectivity of human and environmental relations, and indigenous approaches to food security, sustainable livelihoods, climate change and pluralism in the Pamirs. With UCA as a partner, Karim-Aly and his team are developing an internet-based curriculum on research topics for 10 universities globally to link students from the Pamir region to those at various universities around the world, including Cornell, Beijing University and UCA. Karim-Aly has published widely, including recent articles in the journals “Human Ecology and Ecology and Society”.

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