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Dr. Ali Riaz

Distinguished Professor
Politics and Government
Schroeder Hall - SCH 405
Office Hours
Tuesdays 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. & by appointment
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Current Courses

151.001Introduction to International Relations

441.001Seminar In Comparative Politics

Teaching Interests & Areas

South Asian Politics, Comparative Politics

Research Interests & Areas

Political Islam, South Asian Politics, Bangladeshi Politics, Democratization, Violent Extremism

Ph D Political Science

University of Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii

MA Political Science

University of Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii

MA Communication

University of Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii

MA Mass Communication and Journalism

University of Dhaka
Dhaka, Bangladesh

BA Mass Communication and Journalism

University of Dhaka
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Impact Award

Illinois State University

Excellence in Teaching Award

Pi Aigma Alpha, Illinois State University

Research Enhancement Award

Illinois State University

Outstanding College Researcher Award

CAS, Illinois State University

Dean's Award for Outstanding Scholarship

College of Arts and Sciences, Illinois State University

Special Recognition for Services

Claflin University, South Carolina

Werner Levi Award

Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii

East West Center Honor Award

University of Hawaii

Who's Who International Student Certificate of Merit


Book, Authored

Riaz, A. Itihasher Dolachol (Oscilation of History, in Bengali). Batighar (2023)
Riaz, A. Trials and Tribulations: Politics, Economy and Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh. Prothoma (2023)
Riaz, A. Lekhoker Dai (Responsibilities of a writer, in Bengali) (লেখকের দায়). Batighar (2022): 144.
Riaz, A. More than Meets the Eye: Essays on Bangladeshi Politics. University Press Limited (2022)
Riaz, A. Bhoyer Sangskriti (Culture of Fear, in Bengali). Prothoma (2021)

Book, Chapter

Riaz, A. Constitutionalism Interrupted or Constitutionalism Absent? The Divergence of Constitution and Politics in Bangladesh. Ridwanul Hoque, Rokeya Chowdhury (EDs), A History of the Constitution of Bangladesh: The Founding, Development, and Way Ahead. Routledge (2023)
Riaz, A., & Rana, M. Democracy Deficit in D-8. Ahmed Masood Khalid, James Ferguson and M Niaz Asadullah (EDs), Economic Integration and Global Governance in Emerging Muslim Economies. World Scientific (2023)
Riaz, A. Mega Projects: Orthinitir Duraroggyo Byadhi (Mega Projects: The incurable disease of economy, in Bengali). Lunthito Vobisyot (The Plundered Future, in Bengali). Prothoma (2023)
Riaz, A. Three Decades of Islamist Militancy in Bangladesh. Saimum Parvez and Mohammad Sajjadur Rahman (EDs), The Politics of Terrorism and Counterterrorism in Bangladesh. Routledge (2023)
Riaz, A. Understanding Radicalization of the Bangladeshi Society and politics. Farahnaz Ispahani (EDs), Politics of Hate: Religious Majoritarianism in South Asia. HarperCollins (2023)

Book, Edited

Riaz, A. Lunthito Vobisyot (The Pulndered Future, in Bengali). Prothoma (2023)
Riaz, A. Religion and Politics in South Asia, 2nd edition. Routledge (2021)
Riaz, A., Nasreen, Z., & Zaman, F. Political Violence in South Asia. Routledge (2018)
Riaz, A. Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Bangladesh. Routledge (2016)
Riaz, A. Political Islam and Governance in Bangladesh. Ali Riaz and C. Christine Fair (EDs). Routledge (2011)

Journal Article

Riaz, A., & Rana, M. Democratic Erosion in Comparative Contexts: Evidence from Egypt, Indonesia, Iran and Pakistan. Habib Zafarullah (EDs). Journal of Governance, Security and Development 3.1 (2022): 1-23.
Riaz, A., & Rana, M. Securitization of the Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh. Journal of Asian and African Studies (JAAS) (2022)
Riaz, A., & Parvez, S. Anatomy of a Rigged Election in a Hybrid Regime: The Lessons from Bangladesh. Democratization 28.4 (2021): 810-820.
Riaz, A. Terrorism, Counter Terrorism and Models of Counter Terrorism: An Overview. Counter Terrorism Journal 1.1 (2021): 39-60.
Riaz, A. The pathway of democratic backsliding in Bangladesh,. Democratization 28.1 (2021): 179-197.

Magazine/Trade Publication

Riaz, A. Bangladesh’s Blueprint for Engineering an Election. The Diplomat (2023)
Riaz, A. Bangladesh's Quite Slide into Autocracy. Foreign Affairs (2022)
Riaz, A. Bangladesh's democracy slides amid tilt to China. East Asia Forum (2022)
Riaz, A. Fifty Years of Bangladesh-US Relations: Pathways and Trajectories. American Chamber of Commerce 16.4 (2022)
Riaz, A. What is Next for Bangladeshi Politics?. South Asian Voices (2022)

Newspaper, Article

Riaz, A. EC’s act is ‘an improbable fiction’. The Daily Star (2023)
Riaz, A. Election without choice: A leaf out of autocrats' playbook. The Daily Star (2023)
Riaz, A. Government's stubborn attitude on DSA sends ominous signal. The Daily Star (2023)
Riaz, A. Many Decembers: Where is Bangladesh Heading?. New Age (2023)
Riaz, A. Persecution of journalists: Condemnation isn't enough. The Daily Star (2023)

Working Paper

Riaz, A. Global Jihad, Sectarianism and The Madrassahs in Pakistan. Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies, Nanyang Technological University (2005)


Culture wars beyond borders. Bay of Bengal Conversation 2023: The Rising Tide. Centre for Governanace Studies. (2023)
Freedom of Expression in Bangladesh. Freedom of Expression in Bangladesh. Right to Freedom (R2F). (2023)
How Does a Country Autocratize: Exploration of the Case of Bangladesh. V-Dem Seminar Series. Varieties of Democracy Institute, University of Gothenberg. (2023)
The Dragon's Domain: BRI After a decade. Bay of Bengal Conversation 2023: The Rising Tide. Centre for Governanace Studies. (2023)
The Return of Populaist Politics in Bangladesh. International Studies Association (ISA) Convention. International Studies Association. (2023)
The World We Live In: Democracy Retreats, Authoritarianism Surges. Mornings with Professors. Academy of Seniors, Illinois State University. (2023)
Understanding Hurt Sentiment. Hurt Sentiment Book Launch. Woordrow Wilson Center. (2023)
Who Defends the Defenders. The State of Human Right Defenders in Bangladesh. Centre for Governanace Studies. (2023)
Bangladesh Politics. Marginalization & Inclusion in South Asia: Economic, Politics & Culture. Saxena Center for South Asian Studies, Brown University. (2022)
Bangladesh-India Relations: Too close for comfort. Bay of Bengal Conversation. Centre for Governance Studies. (2022)