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Postdoctoral fellow, University of Toronto

Fahad Ahmad an interdisciplinary scholar interested in critical terrorism/radicalization studies; racialized practices of national security, policing, and surveillance; civil society and resistance; racial justice and inequality; and the political economy of philanthropy. For his postdoctoral research, he is examining the role that community organizations play in socializing racialized immigrants into forming views about policing in ways that may be construed as expressions of citizenship. Fahad completed his PhD at the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University. His doctoral research, supported by SSHRC’s Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s Doctoral Scholarship, comparatively examines the securitization of Muslim civil society organizations under national security regimes in Canada and the U.K.

Fahad provides consulting advice and prepares research reports for social purpose and community-based organizations to enhance the impact of their mission. Prior to commencing his doctoral studies, Fahad was the Chief Operating Officer and then, the interim CEO of Soliya, a nonprofit that mobilizes young adults from western and predominantly Muslim societies to foster greater cross-cultural understanding. He was also appointed as the VP of Strategic Initiatives at Search for Common Ground, one of the world’s largest peacebuilding organizations. Fahad is the current treasurer and former chair of the board of directors of Thousand Currents, a U.S. based public foundation that supports Global South grassroots groups led by women, youth, and Indigenous Peoples. He also serves as a board member and treasurer for Leadnow Society, a nonprofit that organizes campaigns to build a just, sustainable, and equitable Canada.

Experience

  • 2021–present
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of Toronto

Education

  • 2021 
    Carleton University, PhD in Public Policy
  • 2009 
    York University, MBA with specialization in Nonprofit Management
  • 2000 
    University of Wisconsin-Madison, MSc in Computer Engineering