Dr. Amana Raquib is an assistant professor in the department. She has completed her doctorate from the School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, University of Queensland, in, Religious Philosophy and Ethics. She has authored a book "Islamic Ethics of Technology: an objectives' approach". Before commencing her PhD she used to teach at the Department of Philosophy, University of Karachi. Her teaching and research interests lie in the areas of Ethics, Islamic Ethics, Islamic Philosophy, Islam, Modernity and Postmodernity, Environmental Ethics, Islam and Contemporary Global Challenges, Islam and Holistic Living, Philosophy of Technology, Science, Technology and Society. She is a homeschooling mother of two boys. Hence naturally her pastimes include making puzzles with her kids, reading to them, taking them out to field trips, excursions and nature walks. She has a passion for reconnecting her children and her students to nature and natural lifestyle, inculcating a sense of balance and moderation. She wants her students to look at their field of enquiry as more than a career option and rather as a tool for meeting the pressing demands of our contemporary socio-economic-ethical dilemmas.
Faiza Mushtaq joined IBA in 2014 and currently serves as the Program Director of the bachelors program in Social Sciences and Liberal Arts. She got her PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University in 2010. Her doctoral dissertation was titled 'New Claimants to Religious Authority: A Movement for Women's Islamic Education, Moral Reform and Innovative Traditionalism'. She has taught at Northwestern University, the Lahore University of Management Sciences and George Washington University, and has held research appointments at Northwestern, the American Bar Foundation, and the Collective for Social Science Research, Karachi.
At IBA, Faiza is teaching courses in introductory sociology, development, family, and research methods. Her current research focuses on a public health campaign as a lens to understand urban politics, state-making, and cultural contestation.
Dr. Huma Baqai, a PhD in International Relations, is an Associate Professor of Social Sciences Department at IBA. She teaches International Relations at IBA and has an extensive experience of teaching International Political Economy, Contemporary International Politics, Political Geography and Foreign Policy Analysis at Department of IR at Karachi University. She is a visiting faculty at Air War College and NIM Karachi. She has remained associated with the media for the past several years both as an International Relations Expert and Political Analyst. She has anchored current affairs shows on News One and PTV. Currently, she is working as an Analyst with Channel 24. She is associated with Karachi Council for Foreign Relations as Deputy Secretary General. She is a certified trainer in Communication and Presentation Skills and in Liberal Political Values from Germany.
Her areas of interest are Non-Traditional Sources of Conflict, International Political Economy, Liberalism, Secularism, Terrorism and Media.
Dr. Nadya Chishty-Mujahid is a Libra with a passionate interest in tarot cards. She holds degrees from two of the Seven Sisters colleges, and from McGill University. Her specialty is English [especially British Literature] and writing. She is extensively published, and enjoys reviewing books for DAWN. Possessing a determined work ethic and fun [albeit wicked] sense of humour, her advice to IBA students is as follows: 'Learn to laugh at yourselves, but take your responsibilities seriously. Once you do, life will fall into place.' Her vision for the future is determined by her rather accurate tarot-card readings--she foresees a fairly bright one for the more diligent and dedicated students of the department.
I teach urban studies/planning and urban political economy and write/research on a range of issues concerning cities and urbanization in South and Central Asia. I am particularly interested in understanding the multiple articulations of cities/urban form, and how capital accumulation, commodity circulation, and political authority are coordinated through new formations, especially as these relate to the perpetuation of inequality and displacement. I have authored a book Infrastructure Redux: Crisis, Progress in Industrial Pakistan & Beyond (2015, Palgrave Macmillan), which explores, through detailed cases of Sialkot and Faisalabad in industrializing Punjab, the double-edged narratives of development that frame infrastructure in post-independence Pakistan. I am the recipient of several grants that center on themes such as gender, urban violence and vulnerability and governance and transnational migration. My current project explores the dynamics of globalization and urbanization in and beyond Karachi, linking the city to old and new hubs, infrastructures, commodity flows across South and Central Asia.
Dr. Tiago Lopes is an Assistant Professor of Political Sciences at the Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts at the Institute of Business and Administration (Pakistan).In addition, Tiago Ferreira Lopes is a researcher at the Orient Institute (Portugal); researcher at theEuroAtlantic Diplomacy Association (Portugal); researcher at State Building and Fragility Monitor (Portugal); expert at Strategic Outlook (Turkey); Senior Analyst at WikiStrat (USA); member of the Advisory Council of the Youth Association for a Greater Europe (France); Academic Director at the Sustainable Leadership Initiative (India); CrossCultural Ambassador of Sorbonne's University UNESCO Club (France), Senior Ambassador for the Youth to Youth Action Hub (Lithuania) and former Ambassador Honorarium to Seliger's International Youth Forum (Russia). Tiago Ferreira Lopes is also a guest author of "PACTA" (International Relations magazine based inPortugal) and the oped editor at the "EuroAtlantic think.act.lead" magazine (publication dedicatedto Security Studies based in Slovakia).
Dr. Zeenat Ismail is a Professor of the Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts. She has 41 years of teaching experience at the University of Karachi and IBA. She has taught various subjects in the field of Psychology, including Abnormal Psychology, Social Psychology, Research Methods in Social Sciences, Research Methods in Psychology, and Speech Communication. In addition to her current assignment, she is also a coordinator of Foreign Languages, National/ Sindh Talent Hunt Program & Sindh Foundation Program. She is also a member of the Research & Publication Committee, member of the Academic Board, and member of the Editorial Board of 'Business Review' at IBA. She has published 55 research papers in international and national journals and has presented 22 research papers in international conferences. One of the recent conference which she has attended is ICEEPSY-International Conference on Education and Educational Psychology -2015 Istanbul (Turkey). Seven students have completed their Ph.D. degrees under her supervision.
Asma Ghani completed her undergraduate Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). She received her Master's degree in Counseling Education from Indiana University Bloomington, USA in May 2014 while on the Fulbright scholarship. She is presently seeking teaching and research experience in Pakistan and planning to pursue a PhD in Social Psychology in the near future. Her research interests include intergroup conflict, prejudice, discrimination and its impact on minority populations, multicultural issues and women's issues.
Ghazal Tahir holds an MA in Social and Political Thought from the University of Sussex, UK. Her research focus is on nineteenth century continental philosophy, in particular German Philosophy. She is particularly interested in Hegel's social philosophy and his notion of Geist. Her research extends to Heidegger and Nietzsche in relation to Hegel. She is currently researching on Rumi's significance on understanding Hegel's Absolute. She is also a devout sports fan and aims to watch UEFA finals Live one day.
Rabail Qayyum teaches English in the Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts. She holds Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), a professional qualification, awarded by University of Cambridge, ESOL. She has recently completed her M.Ed. (with honors) with Specialization in English Teacher Education from the Aga Khan University, Institute for Educational Development, Karachi. She also holds M.A. in Linguistics from University of Karachi. She has conducted workshops for language teachers as member of Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers (SPELT) and presented papers at International TESOL conferences. Her research interests lie in the areas of Language Assessment, Teacher Development and English for Academic Purposes (EAP).
Summer Qassim holds a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Political Science and an M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought (with a specialization in the Anthropology of Islam) from New York University (NYU). Her research is interdisciplinary and focuses on the the relationship between religious and secular politics in postcolonial societies as this relationship relates to issues of subject formation and gender/sexuality. Central to her research interests are inquiries into liberal assumptions about freedom, equality, agency, authority and authenticity and the ways in which these assumptions shape scholarship about Arabic-speaking Muslim majority societies.