Albakaa worked at Al-Mustansiriya University from 1983 to 2003 and is the former President of the University. In June 2004 he was chosen as a Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research for the Iraqi Interim Government. Albakaa was a member of the Iraqi National Assembly in 2005, and a member of the Iraqi Constitution Writing Committee.
He has published six books and sixty-five papers.
- Suffolk Journal online article Iraqi scholar finds safe haven
- UMass Boston International Conference on “Rebuilding Sustainable Communities in Iraq” communique
- Boston.com article Iraqs violent brain drain called a threat to future