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Haq elected president of American Institute of Pakistan Studies

Barry McNamara
MONMOUTH, Ill. – Monmouth College political science professor Farhat Haq has been elected to a three-year term as president of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies.

Currently the treasurer of the bi-national research and education organization, Haq will begin her term as president Oct. 1. She is the first woman to hold the position. 

The American Institute of Pakistan Studies was established in 1973 with a mission to promote academic study of Pakistan in the U.S. and to encourage scholarly exchange between the U.S. and Pakistan.

“I teach at a small liberal arts college, so I’m not part of the larger network of scholars doing a lot of research,” said Haq, a native of Pakistan. “This organization has always played an important role in keeping me connected with other scholars. I have benefited greatly from my affiliation with it. And now I get to run it. I’m proud of the opportunity, and I also feel that it’s my time to give back to an organization that has been so important to me.”

Haq has been a member of the institute for nearly 20 years, and she’s been on its executive committee the past eight years.

Said Haq of her new role, “I’ll be providing a vision and intellectual leadership for the organization, as well as managing several administrative tasks,” such as hiring and evaluations at the institute’s offices in Madison, Wis., and Islamabad, Pakistan.

“One of our major missions is to enhance scholarship about Pakistan, so there’s also work to be done in organizing fellowship competitions, faculty-exchange programs, and conferences and workshops,” she said.

A graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia, Haq earned her master’s degree in government from Cornell University in 1983 and her Ph.D. in government from Cornell in 1987. In her sixth year on Monmouth’s faculty, she won the prestigious Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award. She has also received Monmouth’s Hatch Academic Excellence Award in the areas of teaching and scholarship.