Heba Islam is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to her academic career, Heba was an editor at two English-language newspapers in Karachi, Pakistan: The Express Tribune and Dawn. Currently, her research centers on state surveillance, digital rights advocacy, and the militarization of everyday life in Pakistan. More broadly, she is interested in the aesthetics of surveillance, literary depictions of espionage, and the South Asian political landscape. Heba has also previously taught at the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture in Karachi.