Graduate Student Directory

Md Mizanur Rahman
  • Title
    • Ph.D. Student
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Politics Department
  • Phone
    309-826-6152
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Merrill College Academic Building, 123
  • Mail Stop Merrill/Crown Faculty Services

Research Interests

My research interests are broadly in Islamic political thought, critical political theory, and comparative political theory. I am also interested in the politics of Islam in South Asia; particularly, I am curious to look at various means and modes of Deobandi Ulama’s political activism in the region. 

Biography, Education and Training

M. S., Political Science, Illinois State University 

M. A., International Relations, South Asian University, New Delhi

B. S. S., Public Administration, Chittagong University, Chittagong, Bangladesh 

Honors, Awards and Grants

Outstanding Graduate Student Award 2019, Department of Politics and Government, Illinois State University

Graduate Student Travel Grant, Department of Politics and Government, Illinois State University (Spring 2019) to present a paper at 2019 BDI- Yale Conference, Yale South Asia Council, CT, USA

Travel Grant, Bangladesh- Sweden Trust Fund 2018, Economic Relations Division, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Lela Winegarner Fellowship 2017 for academic excellence and clear career goals, Graduate School, Illinois State University

 SAARC- Indian Government Silver Jubilee scholarship 2012, South Asian University, New Delhi

Selected Publications

Reexamining the Madrassa Education- Politics Nexus in Bangladesh. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies (forthcoming)

The Making of Islamist Public Sphere in Bangladesh. Asian Journal of Comparative Politics, 4:4,330-351, 2019  

Triangular Confluence: Islam and Modernity in Bangladesh. Journal of Asian and African Studies 53:6, 866-879, 2017

Book review of 1971: Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh by Srinath Raghavan, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013, Southeast Review of Asian Studies, 37:1, 100- 103, 2016 

Book review of Muslim Nationalism and the New Turks by Jenny White, Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2013. African and Asian Studies, 14:3, 240- 242, 2015

Book review of Limites of Islamism: Jamaat-e-Islami in Contemporary India and Bangladesh by Maidul Islam, New Delhi: Cambridge University Press, India Quarterly, 72:2, 1-3, 2016  

Selected Presentations

Sovereignty of Ummah: Ghannouchi’s Thought on Islamist Sovereignty, 27th Graduate Student Conference, Department of Politics and Government, Illinois State University, April 19, 2019

Rethinking Secularism in Bangladesh, 2019 BDI- Yale Conference (Bangladesh in the Next 30 Years: Challenges and Prospects), South Asian Studies Council, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, March 22-24, 2019

Politics of Islamic Social Institutions in Bangladesh, 47th Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, WI, October 11-14, 2018

Reexamining the Madrassa Education- Politics Nexus in Bangladesh, Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting 2018, New Orleans, Louisiana, 4-6 January 2018