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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
  • About
  • Education
  • Awards & Honors
  • Research

Current Courses

499.002Independent Research For The Master's Thesis

400.003Independent Study

490.003Readings In Political Science

499.003Independent Research For The Master's Thesis

400.001Independent Study

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. Bhoyer Sangskriti (Culture of Fear, in Bengali). Prothoma (2021)
Riaz, A. Nikhjoj Gonotontro (The Missing Democracy, in Bengali). Prothoma (2021)
Riaz, A. Bangladesh: A Political History since Independence. Bloomsbury (2019)
Riaz, A. Voting in a Hybrid Regime: Understanding the 2018 Bangladeshi Elections. Palgrave Macmillan (2019)
Riaz, A. Bangladesher Rajnitir Bhobishot Gotiprokiti (Future Trends of Bangladeshi Politics, in Bengali). Occasional Paper: Centre for Governance Studies (2018)

Book, Chapter

Riaz, A. Bangladesh: the return of religion to the political center stage. Ali Riaz (EDs), Religion and Politics in South Asia. Routledge (2021)
Riaz, A. Four Challenges to Governance in South Asia. Shamsun Naher Khanom (EDs), Governance in the 21st Centaury in South Asia: Challenges and Ways Forward. Hakkani Publishers (2021)
Riaz, A. Introduction: the tangled web of religion and politics in South Asia. Ali Riaz (EDs), Religion and Politics in South Asia. Routledge (2021)
Riaz, A. ‘Religion and Society in Bangladesh: Unpacking the Multilayered Relationships. Knut Jacobsen (EDs), Routledge Handbook of South Asian Religions. Routledge (2021)
Riaz, A., & Zaman, F. Working Under the ‘Sword of Damocles’: Experiences of Journalists in a Hybrid Regime’. Arild Engelsen Ruud and Mubashar Hasan (EDs), Masks of Authoritarianism: Hegemony, Power and Life Bangladesh. Palgrave (2021)

Book, Edited

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)
Riaz, A. Religion and Politics in South Asia. Routledge (2010)

Journal Article

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.
Riaz, A. Dokkhsin asiar shason bybosthar char challenge (Four challenges to the Governance in South Asia). Prothoma 10.3 (2020)
Riaz, A. Three Decades of Bangladeshi Politics (1990-2019): The Emergence and Collapse of the Political Settlements. Journal of Governance, Security & Development 1.1 (2020)

Magazine/Trade Publication

Riaz, A., & Parvez, S. Bangladesh at 50: The Transformation of a Nation. Diplomat (2021)
Riaz, A. The “Anti-Corruption Drive” in Bangladesh: Where is it Going?. Georgetown Journal of International Affairs (2019)
Riaz, A. ‘Why are Islamists in the limelight?’. The Daily Star (2018)
Riaz, A., & Ganguly, S. Bangladesh's Homegrown Problem: Dhaka and the Terrorist Threat. Foreign Affairs (2016)
Riaz, A. A Long Way to Go. Diplomatist (2015)

Newspaper, Article

Riaz, A. 100 Years Of Dhaka University: The illusive autonomy and the partisanship. The Daily Star (2021)
Riaz, A. A Cancelled Conference in Pakistan Sends a Message. The Daily Star (2021)
Riaz, A. A Day of Remembrance, A Day of Reckoning. The Daily Star (2021)
Riaz, A. A Press Release that bares it all. The Daily Star (2021)
Riaz, A. An Assault on Democracy: What's Next in the US?. The Daily star (2021)

Working Paper

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


50 Years of Bangladesh Politics: Nature and Trends. Nazmul Karim Memorial Lecture. Nazmul Karim Study Center, Dhaka University, Bangladesh. (2021)
Are We Back to 'Normal?' Geopolitics of the Post-Pandemic World. International Studies Seminar Series. OISP, Illinois State University. (2021)
Civilian Authoritarianism and the Role of the Legislature: The Case of Bangladesh. International political science Association, World Congress. International Political Science Association. (2021)
Covid-19 and Bangladesh. Covid-19 and the Muslim World. Center for Study of Muslim and the Arab World, California State University at San Bernardino. (2021)
Covid-19 and International Politics of South Asia: Bangladesh. International Studies Association Annual Conference. International Studies Association. (2021)
Criminalizing Freedom of Expression in a Hybrid Regime: Bangladesh's Digital Security Act. Democratic Backsliding and the COVID-19 Pandemic in South Asia. University of Kyoto, Japan. (2021)
Culture of Fear in World Politics: Origin and Ramifications. Culture of Fear in World Politics: Origin and Ramifications. Suyra Sen College, West Bengal, India. (2021)
Defending against authoritarianism. Tritiyo Matra. Center for International Private Enterprises and Tritiyo Matra. (2021)
Fifty Years of Bangladesh Politics: Expectations, Nature and Trends. Professor Mohammad Delwar Hossain Trust Fund Lecture. Asiatic Society Bangladesh. (2021)
Geopolitics of South Asia: The Bangladesh Scene. Geopolitics of the Pandemic. Frederic-Ebert Stiftung, Germany and CGS, Bangladesh. (2021)