Dr. Mir Zohair Husain
Dr. Mir Zohair Husain, associate professor in the department of political science and criminal justice in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Alabama, is the recipient of the nationally prestigious Fulbright Scholar grant. He is currently teaching in Cairo University's Faculty of Economics and Political Science for the 2009-2010 Academic Year.
"We are very delighted and honored that Dr. Husain, a veteran political science faculty member in our department, was granted a Fulbright Fellowship for this academic year,” said Dr. Nader Entessar, chair of the department of political science and criminal Justice at USA. “Dr. Husain's experience as a Fulbright Scholar will allow him to incorporate his experience in Egypt into an array of courses he teaches in our department."
As a Fulbright Scholar, Husain knew he wanted to teach at a reputable university in the Arab world. He completed a lengthy application specifying his interest in lecturing in Egypt. He included both academic and non-academic experiences that made him uniquely qualified for the highly-competitive Fulbright Grant.
After waiting patiently for 10 months, Husain’s application was approved by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. He was also cleared by the U.S. Department of State and the Government of Egypt. He received an invitation to teach international relations courses at Cairo University, which has been a preeminent university in the Middle East for over one hundred years. He’s humbled by this experience and feels honored to have had this opportunity.
“I’m grateful to God that I won the Fulbright Grant the first time I applied for it,” he said. “I was ecstatic to learn that I would be teaching in Cairo University’s prestigious Faculty of Economics and Political Science. I had to submit a detailed proposal, syllabi of courses, curriculum vitae, and list of accomplishments.”
Husain, one of 1,250 U.S. faculty and professionals to receive a Fulbright Grant to teach and do research abroad, chose to lecture and do research in Egypt because of its history, geography, politics and culture.
“Egypt has contributed to world civilization in many ways during its 5,000 year history,” he noted. “Scholars, students and tourists come to Egypt from far and wide to visit the pyramids, which are one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The overall goal is to learn more about Egyptian civilization.”
Besides teaching at Cairo University, Husain has been involved in research, writing, and giving guest lectures at other institutions in Egypt. He has also gone on many educational field trips.
Husain has taught at USA for 24 years and has published four books and many papers. Two of his recent publications are “Global Islamic Politics and Global Studies: Islam and theMuslim World.” He is the recipient of the “Top Prof” award from the Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society and USA’s Student Government Association, the Distinguished Service Award from the Council of International Student Organizations, “The College of Arts and Sciences’ Best Faculty Member Award among others. He received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.
“Our world is shrinking,” he said. “We must see ourselves as citizens of an interdependent global community. As a result, we need to accept our differences, celebrate our common interests, and sincerely engage in intercivilizational dialogue. My educational experiences in Egypt have greatly benefitted me. In the future, these experiences will benefit my students at USA and readers of my writings.”
The Fulbright Program promotes partnerships between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts at universities abroad. The Fulbright is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program.