Meet the Team

Rameen Iftikhar, Project Lead

Rameen Iftikhar is the lead investigator for The Looking Glass. As a co-investigator, she led the grant commissioned by the Education, Justice, and Memory Network. She works in the research and implementation of international education development, with a specialisation in equity, inclusivity, and gender. 

She is currently pursuing her MSEd in International Education Development from the University of Pennsylvania as a Fulbright scholar, after receiving her BSc Economics from Lahore University of Management Sciences. She co-founded Aghaaz, an extra-academic program for at-risk youth in Lahore, Pakistan. She is interested in designing and implementing education system reform at scale. Her research work explores gender governance, social systems, and equity in education.

Ramsha Fatima, Project Lead

Ramsha “Fatima” is the lead investigator for The Looking Glass. She served as the co-investigator for the grant, working with international and local partners to mobilise research and the development of multimodal pedagogical tools.

She is a Politics and Economics graduate from Lahore University of Management Sciences. She is currently at the University of Pennsylvania, pursuing her MSEd in International Education Development. She served as the co-founder of Aghaaz, leading the research and implementation for education outreach. Her research focuses on social and education policy, equitable access to education, EdTech and human-computer interaction.

Fatima Afzal, Research Lead

Fatima Afzal is a history enthusiast, currently pursuing a PhD at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

She graduated with a B.A (Hons) in English from LUMS and an MSc in Modern South Asian Studies from Oxford University. Her research explores the influence of Orientalism on modern Punjabi culture and literature, and translation practices in North Indian vernaculars. Her focus is on the influence of Orientalist discourses and colonial law in shaping postcolonial, modern identities.

Ali Raza, Principal Investigator

Ali Raza is a historian specializing in the history of modern South Asia. He received his DPhil from the University of Oxford and was a research fellow at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin.

His research and teaching interests include the social and intellectual history of South Asia, comparative colonialisms, decolonization, and post-colonial theory. His work has appeared in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East; South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies; Itinerario; South Asian History and Culture; and Contemporary South Asia. He is also the co-editor of The Internationalist Moment: South Asia, Worlds, and World Views, 1917-39 (Sage 2014), and the author of Revolutionary Pasts: Communist Internationalism in Colonial India, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.