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Ali Riaz

Former Public Policy Scholar


    September 3, 2013 — December 20, 2013

    Professional affiliation

    Professor, Department of Politics and Government, Illinois State University; President of the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS)

    Wilson Center Projects

    “Unpacking the Bangladesh Paradox: A Political History"

    Full Biography

    Ali Riaz is Professor and Chair of Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University, USA. He has previously taught at universities in Bangladesh, England and South Carolina. He also worked as a broadcast journalist at the BBC World Service in London, and was a research fellow at the Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS) at Singapore. Riaz earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawai'I under the East West Center fellowship. His research interests include Islamist politics, South Asian politics, and political economy of media. Dr. Riaz has served as a consultant to various international organizations including the UNDP, the DfID, the SSRC, and the BTI.

    Major Publications

    • "Islam and Identity Politics among British-Bangladeshis: A Leap of Faith" (Manchester University Press, 2013)
    • "Faithful Education: Madrassahs in South Asia" (Rutgers University Press, 2008)
    • "Islamist Militancy in Bangladesh: A Complex Web" (Routledge, 2008)