Chairman of the Committee
Tahir Shad is the Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies, the former Director of International Studies, and the former Associate Dean of the College. Dr. Shad developed and implemented 40 international programs in 25 countries, including exchange programs, study abroad programs and summer programs. He established faculty exchanges in China, South Africa, France and England; and academic sessions abroad in Ecuador for environmental studies, in England for English literature, and in Tanzania for interdisciplinary studies. Educated in the U.K., Shad received a bachelor’s degree with honors in political science from the School of African and Asian Studies at University of Sussex, and earned his post-graduate certificate in education from the London Institute of Education, London University. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in political science at University of Pittsburgh; where a number of his top students go on to pursue graduate studies in international affairs.
Professor Abbas’ current work focuses on ethnicity, conflict, identity and religion. Currently teaching at Fatih University in Istanbul, he is interested in the role of ethnicity in the ‘performance of Islam’ among Muslim minorities and in the ways in which Islam is the political ‘third space’ between secularism and conservatism. His is currently finalising a research monograph on contemporary ethnic and political issues in Turkey. He is also completing a co-edited book project on non-violent political Muslims. It is a global review of positive approaches to political, social, cultural and economic participation of Muslims in society that counter the dominant negative paradigms of ‘Islamism’. Professor Abbas has won several awards, sole authored two books, and edited and co-edited eight volumes. See further details here – www.tahirabbas.co.uk
Hibba Abugideiri is an Associate Professor of History at Villanova University. She accepted this position in 2005, after serving as the Assistant Professor of History, Honors and International Affairs at The George Washington University since 2001. She received her doctorate from Georgetown University’s Department of History. Her research focuses on gender from diverse perspectives. She recently published a book entitled Gender in the Making of Modern Medicine in Colonial Egypt, but has also published extensively on women in Islam. This includes an article in The Daughters of Abraham, Islamic Thought in the Twentieth Century, and The Muslim World.
Kathleen Bailey is an Adjunct Associate Professor for the Department of Political Science at Boston College in Massachusetts. Her research interests lie in the area of ethnic and regional politics with a focus on the former Soviet space, especially Uzbekistan and Central Asia. She is the author of the forthcoming Clan and Politics in Uzbekistan. Professor Bailey teaches courses on Moslem regions, including Central Eurasia, the Middle Civilization and the Balkans. She is the Associate Director of the Islamic Civilization and Societies Program at Boston College, which offers an undergraduate Major and Minor in the field. Her current research focuses on leadership and regional elites in Central Asia.
Janet Ballantyne is a current Senior Adviser at Arizona State University. She has also served as adjunct professor at Syracuse University and as Senior Manager for USAID for over 36 years. With 35+ years of international development experience, Janet is interested in using this experience in assisting NGOs, for-profit companies and Universities in developing winning proposals for government projects in developing nations.
Dr. Anouar Boukhars, Assistant Professor of International Relations, is an expert in Arab democratization, U.S. policy in the Middle East and international security. Boukhars was co-project leader of Carnegie’s Mauritania Working Group, in which scholars and policymakers gathered in four roundtables between January and June 2012 to discuss critical issues faced by the country and the response of the international community. Boukhars is a former fellow at the Brookings Doha Center, where he published “Political Violence in North Africa: The Perils of Incomplete Liberalization” and “Fighting the Growth of Terrorist Networks on the Maghreb.” His other publications have appeared in a large number of journals and leading newspapers, including Journal of Conflict Studies, International Political Science Review,European Security, Terrorism Monitor, and Columbia International Affairs Online.
Prof. Gary G. Ador Dionisio is Asst. Professor and Chairperson of the Consular and Diplomatic Affairs Program at the De La Salle – College of St Benilde, Philippines. He is currently a Doctor of Public Administration (candidate) at the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP NCPAG). He finished his Masters of Arts in Political Science at the De La Salle University – Manila (DLSU – Manila). Prof. Ador Dionisio presented and moderated on various papers with themes on Governance, Civil Society Participation and International Political Economy to national and international conferences in the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, USA, Senegal and South Korea. He was also faculty advisor to De La Salle – College of St. Benilde delegations to Model United Nations in Far West, San Francisco, USA, Model United Nations in Xian, China and Model United Nations in Washington, D.C.
Aside from working in the academe, Prof. Ador Dionisio also has engagements to various non-government organizations and local government units in the Philippines in different capacities. This year (2014), he was elected as the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Institute and Politics Governance (IPG), Board Secretary of Active Citizenship Foundation (ACF) since 2010, Consultant of National Union of Workers in Hotel Restaurant and Allied Industries – Philippine Plaza Chapter (NUWHRAIN – PPC) from 2009 up to present. He also served as Consultant for Special Projects under the Office of City Administrator, City Government of Pasay from 2007 – 2010. And since 2010, he works as Legislative Consultant under the Office of City Council, City Government of Pasay.
Jo-Ann Gross (Ph.D, New York University, 1982) is Professor of Middle Eastern and Central Eurasian History at The College of New Jersey. She serves as Vice-President of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) and is the Director of the Central Eurasian Research Fund (CERF), which she founded in 2005 to support the publications of scholars in Central Asia. Her past professional activities include her position as Executive Secretary for the International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS) from 1987-90, member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Central Asia Studies from 1995-2005, and member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Iranian Studies from 1996-2000. She has been a member of the School of Historical Studies of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, 1995-96 and was elected as an honorary member of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan in 2012. She has published widely on aspects of Sufism, shrine culture, and oral narratives in Central Asia and is the co-author (with Asom Urunbaev) of The Letters of Khwaja ‘Ubayd Allah Ahrar and his Associates (Brill, 2002) and the editor of Muslims in Central Asia: Expressions of Identity and Change (Duke University Press, 1992). In 2012 she guest-edited a volume of the Journal of Persianate Studies entitled, “The Pamir: Shrine Traditions, Human Ecology and Identity” and is currently completing two books: Muslim Shrines and Spiritual Culture in the Perso-Islamic World, under contract with IB Taurus, International Library of Iranian Studies, and a co-edited volume (with Devin DeWeese) entitled, Sufism and Islam in Central Asia. She has led Maymester Study-Tours to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, and helped organize the AUA summer service program in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
Dr. Naima Hachad is Assistant Professor in the Department of World Languages ad Cultures at American University in Washington DC. Hachad’s research interests include questions of language, diasporic identities, and representations of the body in Francophone literature and visual arts of the Maghreb and the Caribbean; Postcolonial theory.
Dr. Mark Justad is Director for the Center for Principled Problem Solving and Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Guilford College in North Carolina.
Dr. Muqtedar Khan is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware. He earned his Ph.D. in International Relations, Political Philosophy, and Islamic Political Thought, from Georgetown University in May 2000.
He founded the Islamic Studies Program at the University of Delaware and was its first Director from 2007-2010.Dr. Khan is a Fellow with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. He was a Senior Nonresident Fellow with the Brookings Institution [2003-2008] and a Fellow of the Alwaleed Center at Georgetown University [2006-2007]. He has been the President, Vice President and General Secretary of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists.
He is the author of American Muslims: Bridging Faith and Freedom (Amana, 2002), Jihad for Jerusalem: Identity and Strategy in International Relations (Praeger, 2004), Islamic Democratic Discourse (Lexington Books, 2006) and Debating Moderate Islam: The Geopolitics of Islam and the West (University of Utah Press, 2007).
Dr. Khan frequently comments on BBC, CNN International, FOX and VOA TV, Bridges TV, NPR and other radio and TV networks. His political commentaries appear regularly in newspapers in over 20 countries. He has lectured in North America, East Asia, Middle East and Europe . Dr. Khan is from Hyderabad in India. He is married to Reshma and has a son Rumi, and a daughter Ruhi. His articles on Islam and American Muslims can be read at www.ijtihad.org and his commentaries on global politics can be read at www.Glocaleye.org.
Rob Krueger is Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). He is also an Associate Professor of Geography in the Institute’s Social Science and Policy Studies Department, where he founded and Directs’s the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program. Krueger has over ten years experience, and taken over 100 students abroad, with engaging students in intensive, project based, experiences in communities around the world. He has led experiences in Morocco, Thailand, Namibia, South Africa, and many others. Rob is also very interested pedagogies around enhancing these experiences.
Mbaye Bashir Lo is Assistant Professor of the Practice of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University, where he coordinates the Arabic program. He has served for six years as faculty director for DukeEngage Egypt, a student civic engagement program in Cairo. He is also the Director of Duke-In –the Arab World academic program. Dr. Lo’s research interests include the sociology of Islam, Arabic language and literature in Africa, and theories of civil society. His books include Muslims in America: race, politics and community building, civil society-based governance in Africa: theories and practices, and Understanding Muslim Discourse: language, tradition and the message of Bin Laden.
Younus Y. Mirza is an Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Allegheny College. He defended his dissertation in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Georgetown University in 2012 and was awarded a Post Doc in Religious Studies at Millsaps College in 2012-13. His dissertation focused on the influential medieval historian and qur’anic exegete Ibn Kathir (d. 1373) whose works have been appropriated by modern Islamic movements. His current research focuses on the relationship between Islam and the biblical tradition and Muslims-Christian-Jewish interaction. He teaches courses on the Qur’an, Islamic Movements, Biblical and Qur’anic Prophets, Islam in America and Islam and Other Religions. Professor Mirza is married with two daughters.
Joseph Prud’homme is Associate Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Religion, Politics, and Culture at Washington College. He received his doctorate from Princeton University, where he studied in the Interdepartmental Program in Political Philosophy, with additional specialization in legal and constitutional thought. He was awarded a Fellowship at Harvard University, where he studied at the Harvard Law School and served as a member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Professor Prud’homme works in the areas of political philosophy, legal theory, intellectual history, and conceptual and historical approaches to the study of religion and political and cultural affairs. He has published numerous works in these fields, including the books Religion and Politics in America from the Colonial Period to the Civil War and Curriculum and the Culture Wars.
He regularly teaches the department’s introductory course in political theory; upper level courses in political thought; upper level courses in constitutional law and legal philosophy; and a seminar that explores fundamental questions surrounding theology and political and cultural life.
He earned two bachelors degrees with three majors (Political Science, History, and Philosophy) and one minor (Religious Studies) at Texas A&M University ,where he graduated magna cum laude and with a honors certificate. His undergraduate thesis (“Kant’s Moral Argument for the Existence of God”) was awarded the Texas A&M Thesis Prize.
Jon Stauff oversees education abroad and international student services at TCNJ and develops and administers exchange programs with the support of the TCNJ faculty. He has served as a member-leader of NAFSA: Association of International Educators in a variety of capacities at the national and regional level and has received grants from Fulbright, the US Department of Education, IREX, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the Institute of International Education. A historian of modern Germany, Stauff holds a PhD from the University at Buffalo (SUNY) and an AB from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He studied abroad at the Universities of Regensburg and Göttingen in Germany.