I am a Visiting Scholar with the Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme at Oxford University, and a Senior Teaching Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies. My book project Judging the Generals, examines whether courts can challenge politically powerful militaries and bring them under civilian control in authoritarian and post-authoritarian states, and focuses primarily on Pakistan. This project builds on my dissertation, which I completed at Brandeis University, and which was recently awarded the Edward S. Corwin Award for the best dissertation in public law by the American Political Science Association in 2019. I have also published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution. My other research interests include the legitimation of military regimes, civil-military relations in democratic transitions, comparative courts and constitutionalism, American constitutional law, and South Asian and Middle East politics.

I previously worked at the Collective for Social Science Research and the Human Rights Commission in Karachi, Pakistan, and interned at the Asia Society and the American Civil Liberties Union in New York, and the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. I have a J.D from the Boston University School of Law and a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), and History from the University of Pennsylvania.

You can contact me at: yasserkk@brandeis.edu