Rounaq Jahan (Columbia University)
updated: Wed, 23 May 2001 13:29:39 -0700 (PDT)
Senior Research Scholar and
Adjunct Professor of International Affairs
Southern Asian Institute
School of International and Public Affairs
Room 1132, Columbia University
420 West 118 Street, New York, NY, 10027-3334 USA
phones: 212-854-7625 (office)
Ph.D., 1970, Political Science, Harvard University
M.A., 1968, Political Science, Harvard University
M.A., 1963, First Class, Political Science, Dhaka University, Bangladesh
1962, First Class, Political Science Major, History and Economics Minors,
Dhaka University, Bangladesh
Senior Research Scholar, Southern Asian Institute and Adjunct Professor of
International Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs,
Columbia University. Research on gender and development, governance,
health, and Bangladesh politics; taught graduate courses on
Women and Development: Key Policy Issues (1991-1995); Gender,
Politics and Development (1998); Arsenic Crisis in Bangladesh (2000).
Professor, Political Science (1977-1993) and Associate Professor,
Political Science (1970-1977) Dhaka University, Bangladesh. Taught
undergraduate and graduate courses on Comparative Politics, Political
Development, and Research Methodology. Supervised M.Phil. and Ph.D.
theses. Chaired the Political Science Department (1973-1975) which was the
largest university department with 1000 students and 29 faculty members,
and served on various university committees and governing bodies. Also,
served in an advisory capacity on several policy-making bodies established
by the Government of Bangladesh in the field of education, culture, rural
development, women, and population.
Head, Programme on Rural Women, Employment and Development Department,
International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva, Switzerland.
Managed a global program of research and field projects with a budget of
over six million dollars; supervised the work of six international
professional staff and national researchers, and consultants in more than
a dozen countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Coordinator, Programme on Integration of Women in Development, United
Nations Asia Pacific Development Centre (APDC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Managed a regional program of research and training with a budget of over
half a million dollars; supervised the work of two international
professional staff and researchers and consultants in the various
countries of South, South-East and East Asia and the Pacific Islands.
Visiting Fellow, Committee on South Asia, University of Chicago, The Ford
Foundation Fellowship (Summer). Research on Bangladesh politics.
Research Fellow, The CHR-Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway (Summer).
Research on gender and development.
Senior Research Associate, Center for Asian Development Studies,
Boston University (Spring). Research on voting behavior.
Research Fellow, Department of Political Science and Committee on
South Asia, University of Chicago, The Ford Foundation Fellowship.
Research on voting behavior.
Research Associate, Center for International Affairs and Kennedy
Institute, Harvard University. Research on Bangladesh politics; taught a
seminar on Bangladesh.
Senior Fellow-Visiting Scholar, Southern Asian Institute, School
of International Affairs, Columbia University. Post-doctoral fellowship.
Teaching Fellow, Government Department, Harvard University.
Editor, Bangladesh: Promise and Performance (London: Zed
Books and Dhaka: University Press, Ltd.)
The Elusive Agenda: Mainstreaming Women in Development
(London: Zed Books).
Bangladesh Politics: Problems and Issues (Dhaka:
University Press, Ltd).
Co-editor, Women and Development: Perspectives from South and South-East
Asia (Dhaka: Bangladesh Institute of Law and International Affairs).
Pakistan: Failure in National Integration (New York: Columbia University
Author of numerous articles published in edited books and academic
Provided advisory services to various agencies of the United Nations,
e.g., UNDP, UNFPA, UNIFEM, UNICEF, and UNCDF; and bilateral donor agencies
e.g., SIDA, NORAD, USAID, and OECD; and private foundations e.g., the Ford
and the Rockefeller foundations and non-profit organizations e.g.
International Women's Health Coalition.
B. Evaluation of Scholarly Manuscripts
Presses: Princeton University, The Feminist Press, Zed Books, The
University Press Ltd.
Journals: Asian Survey, Journal of Asian Studies, Pacific Affairs.
INVITED CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION AND LECTURESHIPS
Presented papers, chaired plenary sessions and spoke in over a hundred
conferences and seminars held in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa,
Latin America, and Australia.
HONORS AND ADVISORY BOARDS:
Member, Advisory Board, Human Rights Watch: Asia, New York 1992-Present.
Member, Board of Trustees, The Population Council, New York, 1982-1991.
Member, International Council of the Asia Society, New York, 1983-1990.
Member, Editorial Boards of Asian Survey, Journal of Asian Political
Thought and Society, International and Comparative Public Policy.
Member, Advisory Committee on Rural Development, International Labour
Organization (ILO), 1983.
Representative of Bangladesh to the 32nd Session of the United Nations
General Assembly, New York, 1977.
Member, Advisory Committee on Education and Culture, Planning Commission,
Government of Bangladesh, 1977-1978.
Member, National Population Committee, Government of Bangladesh, 1978-1979.
Member, Consultative Committee on Aviation and Tourism, Government of
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ASSOCIATIONS
Founding President, Women for Women - A Study and Research Group in
Fellow, Center for Policy Dialogue, Bangladesh, 1993-Present.
Vice President, Research Committee on the Study of Sex Roles,
International Sociological Association, 1978.
Member, Status Commission on Women, XIV International Congress of
Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, 1977-1978.
Member, Executive Council of Bangladesh Institute of Law and
International Affairs, 1973-1982.
Senior Fellow, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, 1972-1977.
Member, Board of Governors of Institute of Social Welfare, Dhaka University, 1977-1979.
General Secretary, Bangladesh Political Science Association, 1973-1975.
Member, American Political Science Association and the Association for Asian Studies.
English: Fluent in writing, reading, and speaking.
Bengali: Fluent in writing, reading, and speaking.
French : Fair in reading and understanding.
Hindi : Good in speaking and understanding.