Asif Akhtar was a 2018-19 AIPS Fellow and conducted research in the United Kingdom for six months. Akhtar aimed to "study the contemporary ‘media system’ in Pakistan in terms of technological change, the regulatory impetus it has driven, and the discursive and practical impact these have had on contemporary politics."
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Elizabeth Bolton was a 2014-2015 AIPS Fellow and conducted research in Islamabad for 5 months. Bolton's research seeks "to understand the ways in which religious cable television programming re/mediates the process of spiritual guidance and reconfigures viewers’ relationship to religious authority in urban Pakistan."
Kiran Ahmed (The University of Texas at Austin) was a 2013 AIPS Short-Term Research Grant awardee who conducted research in Sialkot, Lahore, Karachi, and Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Ahmed's pre-dissertation research focused on Urdu popular fiction and how those stories have emerged in contemporary media.