Haroon Ullah

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Haroon K. Ullah is an American author, educator, scholar, diplomat, and researcher who focuses on South Asia and the Middle East, often Pakistan and Afghanistan.[1] He has conducted field research in many places, including Pakistan, where he studied the roots of Islamic extremism[2] and conducted field experiments, interviewed party activists, and gauged opinions.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Ullah was raised in the Tricities, a farming area in Washington.[3]

Ullah graduated from Whitman College in 1999 with a bachelor of arts degree in politics.[4] He earned a master's degree in 2002 at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.[4][5][3] Thereafter Ullah earned a joint PhD in political science and public policy from University of Michigan.[6][4]


While earning his doctorate from the University of Michigan, Ullah was a senior research fellow at its Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs for The Dubai Initiative (2007-2009).[4][3] He was part of the US Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff,[4] working with US Ambassador Richard Holbrooke on policy regarding Pakistan and Afghanistan.[1]

He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Center for Security Studies of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service[2][7]

2019 criminal conviction[edit]

The U.S. Department of Justice announced June 27, 2019, that Ullah had pleaded guilty in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to the theft of over $40,000 in U.S. government funds. Ullah admitted falsifying multiple travel and expense reimbursement claims in 2018 while employed as Chief Strategy Officer for the U.S. Agency for Global Media. He also admitted he used his government-issued laptop to create many of the falsified documents.

In addition, Ullah admitted falsifying information in a home insurance claim.

Ullah's sentencing is scheduled for October 11, 2019; the maximum penalty is 10 years in prison.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • William J. Fulbright Fellow
  • Harvard University Presidential Scholar
  • National Security Education Program Fellow
  • Woodrow Wilson Public Service Fellow

Major works[edit]

  • Vying for Allah’s Vote: Understanding Islamic Parties, Political Violence, and Extremism in Pakistan (2013), Georgetown University Press, ISBN 9781626160163
  • The Bargain From The Bazaar: A Family's Day of Reckoning in Lahore (2014), PublicAffairs, ISBN 9781610391672
  • Digital Rebels: Islamists, Social Media and the New Democracy (2018), Yale University Press, ISBN 9780300207187

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mannan, Hamza (May 15, 2014). "Interview: Haroon K. Ullah". The Diplomat. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Ullah, Haroon. "Why Do People Become Islamic Extremists?". PragerU.com. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Haroon K. Ullah". haroonullah.wordpress.com. Haroon Ullah. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e Ullah, Haroon. "Haroon Ullah". LinkedIn.com. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  5. ^ "Haroon Ullah". belfercenter.org. Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "Vying for Allah's Vote: About The Author". Google Books. 2013. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  7. ^ "Haroon Ullah". Georgetown.edu. Georgetown University. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  8. ^ "Former Senior Official Pleads Guilty to Stealing Government Money". United States Department of Justice. 2019-06-27. Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  9. ^ "Senior federal official admits bilking $37,000 from government, court files show". Washington Post. 2019-06-28. Retrieved 2019-06-29.

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