Profile of Dr. Khairul Chowdhury

Profile of Dr. Khairul Chowdhury

Dr. Khairul Chowdhury
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
Faculty of Social Sciences
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Short Biography:

Khairul Chowdhury is a sociologist with a doctoral degree in cultural anthropology and is currently an associate professor of sociology at the University of Dhaka. Dr. Chowdhury studied, worked and carried out research at York University (Canada), Dalhousie University (Canada) and the University of Dhaka, Shah Jalal University of Science and Technology, and Jaganath University (Bangladesh), achieving a good number of prestigious awards and scholarship including IDRC Doctoral Award. He has published scholarly journal articles and book chapters with leading publishing houses including Routledge and the Brill. His work involves critically examining ethnicity, nationalism, indigenous peoples, forests, frontiers, and state and social transformation in South Asia, especially Chittagong Hill Tract Bangladesh.

Dr. Chowhury is mainly interested in frontier regions in South and Southeast Asia and their relations to colonial and postcolonial states to examine global narratives and theories through marginal spaces, peoples and ecologies, in particular indigenous peoples, forests and agrarian change. He builds his approach to truth and knowledge on critical understanding of Marxism, postpositivist science and linguistic philosophies. His current research wishes to examine local ideas of development in Bangladesh since 20th century.

Dr. Chowhury teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the department of sociology at the University of Dhaka and East-West University; supervise undergraduate and graduate students' research locally and internationally; and work as an independent researcher and a professional consultant in the areas of forestry, conservation, and indigenous peoples, as a regional editor and coordinator (Bangladesh) of the international sociological magazine, Global Dialogue, published by International Sociological Association (ISA), and as a reviewer of many local and international journals.


Degree Name Group/Major Subject Board/Institute Country Passing Year
Ph.D. Anthropology York University Canada 2014
Masters Sociology Dalhousie University Canada 2002
Masters Sociology University of Dhaka Bangladesh 1990
Bachelor Socology University of Dhaka Bangladesh 1989
Award Type Award Title Year Country Description
Local PhD Completion Fund, Canadian Union of Public Employee (CUPE), York University, Canada 2011 Canada
International Doctoral Research Award, International Development Research Centre (IDRC) 2007 Canada
Local Fieldwork Cost Fund, Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University, Canada 2006 Canada
International Canada Corps Internship, Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada 2006 Canada
Local Fieldwork Cost Fund, Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University, Canada 2006 Canada
Local Graduate Development Fund, Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University 2004 Canada
Local Professional Development Fund Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 3903, York University, Canada 2003 Canada
Local Graduate Development Fund, Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University, Canada, 2003 Canada
National Travel Grant, External Relation Division, Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh 2002 Bangladesh
International York Graduate Scholarship, York University, Canada 2002 Canada
International International Tuition Fee Scholarship, York University, Canada 2002 Canada
Local Travel Grant, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Dalhousie University, Canada 2001 Canada
International Graduate Scholarship, Dalhousie University, Canada 2000 Canada
Research Interest
Subject Description
Contemporary ethnic conflicts and social theories in South Asia,
Chittagong Hill Tracts and frontier regions in South Asia
Social transformation, Democracy, and Contemporary social theories
Indigeneity, Indigenous capitalism, and Social movements
Ethnicity, Nations and Nationalism in South Asia
Forests, Deforestation, Communities, Conservation, and Environmental governance,
Development, Displacement and Indigenouis People
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