Asst. Prof. Junaid Ahmad, PhD, JD

Junaid S. Ahmad has a Juris Doctor (law) degree from the College of William and Mary, US, and a PhD in Islam and Decolonial Thought from the University of Leeds. He is currently Professor of Religion and Global Politics at GIFT University in Pakistan as well as an Advisor on the National Security Unit of the Prime Minister’s Office. He is the Director of Muslim World Studies Center in Islamabad. He is also a Non-Resident Research Fellow at the Centre for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) - Istanbul. He has been teaching law, religion, and politics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and the University of Management and Technology (UMT) since 2009. Before that, he was a lecturer and researcher at the University of Cape Town. He served as president of the US-based National Muslim Law Students Association (NMLSA), and is on the Board of Peace for Life (PFL), a global interfaith liberation theology network. Dr. Ahmad is a member of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS), the National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML), the South Asian Muslim Studies Association (SAMSA), and the American Council of the Study of Islamic Societies (ACSIS). His research interests include Islamophobia, Islamic revivalist movements, US foreign policy, the Middle East and South Asia, human rights and international law, globalization, critical issues in contemporary Islam, and social movements and civil society in the Muslim world.