Dr. Framji Minwalla

Program Director of Communication Studies & Design
Associate Professor,
School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Email: framji.minwalla@ahss.habib.edu.pk

Dr. Minwalla taught his first class of undergraduates in 1989.  Back then, he was not appreciably older than his students. Twenty-six years and numerous institutions later, he finds himself back where he began, in Karachi, thinking through the challenges and complexities of teaching and learning in uncertain times. Before joining Habib University, he served as Chair, Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts at the Institute of Business Administration—Karachi, implementing a transdisciplinary curriculum in the Social Sciences that he helped design. And immediately before that, he served as Head of Department, Media Sciences at SZABIST, where he helped revise and restructure the department.

Before returning to Pakistan, Dr. Minwalla taught at a range of colleges and universities including Yale, Vassar College, Dartmouth College, the George Washington University, New York University, and Fordham University. At Habib, he hopes to establish the program in Communication Studies & Design as a model for interdisciplinary undergraduate education that integrates comparative critical analysis and historical understanding with aesthetic practice.


  • D.FA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism, Yale School of Drama, Yale University, Connecticut, USA
  • M.FA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism, Yale School of Drama, Yale University, Connecticut, USA
  • B.A. in Drama and in Arts & Ideas, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Research Interests

  • Performance Literature and History
  • Visual and Cultural Studies
  • Theater and Politics
  • Television and Film
  • Communication and Media
  • All forms of theory (linguistic, political, dramatic, visual, aesthetic, literary or otherwise)
  • Intersections of performance and politics in South Asia
  • Cinematic and theatrical representations of violence
  • Structures, processes and effects of globalized communication

Selected Publications

Dr. Minwalla’s essays and reviews have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.  He is currently working on a book tentatively titled Writing Theater’s Histories, an examination of 20th century performance historiography.