Rounaq Jahan

Rounaq Jahan is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue, Dhaka, and adjunct professor, International Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. She obtained her Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. She has been a professor of political science at Dhaka University, coordinator of the Women in Development Programme at the UN Asia Pacific Development Centre, Kuala Lumpur, and head of the Programme on Rural Women at the International Labour Office, Geneva.

Jahan is the author of several books and numerous articles. Her publications include: Bangladesh Politics (2005), The Elusive Agenda: Mainstreaming Women in Development (1995), Bangladesh Politics: Problems and Issues (1980) and Pakistan: Failure in National Integration (1972). She has also edited Bangladesh: Promise and Performance (2000) and co-edited Women and Development: Perspectives from South and South East Asia (1979).

In addition to academia, she is involved with the work of many civil society organizations. She is the founder of Women for Women, a research and study group in Bangladesh, serves on the advisory board of Human Rights Watch Asia and is the convenor of the advisory board of Bangladesh Health Watch, a civil society network. She lives and works both in Bangladesh and the USA.

She was Rajni Kothari Chair Professor at CSDS from July to August 2010. She delivered the annual Rajni Kothari Chair lecture on ‘Democratic Renewal in Bangladesh: Breaking Away from Path Dependence’ at CSDS on 3 September 2010.