Dr. Paul Rollier

Dr. Paul Rollier

Assistant Professor in South Asian Studies



I am a social anthropologist with an interest in politics and religion in contemporary South Asia. Following a PhD (SOAS) and a post-doc (UCL), I now teach South Asian studies (St Gallen University).

Key Publications

Rollier, P. and J.W. Frembgen. 2014. Wrestlers, pigeon fanciers and kite flyers: traditional sports and pastimes in Lahore. Karachi: Oxford University Press

Rollier, P. 2011. ‘Across the fence: belongings and representations between Pakistan and Kashmir’. In Bolognani, M. and S. Lyon (eds.), Pakistan and Its Diaspora: Interdisciplinary Approaches. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Rollier, P. 2010. ‘Texting Islam: Text messages and religiosity among young Pakistanis.’ Contemporary South Asia, 18 (4). pp. 413-426.

Projects and Collaborations

‘Democratic Cultures in South Asia’. ESRC/ERC-funded project. Cf.

Teaching Interests

Muslim South Asia, society and culture in Pakistan, conflicts in South Asia, introduction to culture and society in South Asia.

Areas of PhD research supervision

Pakistan, Shiism in South and West Asia, politics of piety in South Asia.