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Ahrar Ahmad, Ph.D.


Ahrar Ahmad is currently Professor of Political Science at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota, teaching primarily in the areas of comparative politics and international relations. He has published about 10 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 7 book chapters, 15 book reviews, several encyclopedia entries, and presented many papers and chaired various sessions at professional conferences. He has also served as a special guest speaker or as keynote speaker at the University of Berkeley in California, Russel-Sage College in New York, Iowa Wesleyan College, Carroll College in Montana, Truman Legacy Symposium in Key West, Florida, South Dakota State University, School of Mines and Technology in South Dakota, John A. Logan College in Illinois, and delivered the annual Chiesman Lecture on Democracy at his home institution in 2008. He has been a board member of BDI since 2003, and had also been a board member of the South Dakota Humanities Council and the Network of Spiritual Progressives. He had been elected to the Faculty Senate previously, and currently serves elected terms in the University Promotion and Tenure Committee and the Graduate Council, and has been nominated to the University Multicultural and Diversity Committee, and the University Appointments Committee. He was selected by the students to be Outstanding Faculty of the Year in 2001-2, by the faculty as the Distinguished Faculty of the Year 2007-8, and was designated the Carnegie Professor of the Year for the State of South Dakota in 2007. He also served as a Senior Fulbright Fellow for a year in 2007-8.