Farhat Haq

Professor, Political Science

Rm 331 Center for Science & Business 309-457-2189


Farhat Haq was born in central Pakistan and moved to the United States when she was 18 years old. She received her B.A. from State University of New York-Fredonia and a Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University.

When she received a call for a tenure-track position in political science from Monmouth College, she knew very little about small liberal arts colleges and the American Midwest.

In her more than 24 years of teaching at Monmouth she has become a true believer in the value of a liberal arts education. When she travels to different parts of the United States and the world she realizes that she has also become a Midwesterner.

She is the chair and a professor in the Political Science Department and the coordinator for interdisciplinary major in international studies.

Becoming part of a small liberal arts college led to her engagement in interdisciplinary studies. She received four National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar awards to engage in advanced studies on topics of Comparative Religions at Harvard University; Nationalism and Ethnic Politics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison; Islamic Origins at the University of Chicago and an Asian Values Debate at Columbia University.

She has also participated in almost a dozen Midwest faculty seminars at University of Chicago. From 1996-2000, she was the Midwest faculty fellow for the Regional World Initiative, a Ford Foundation project at the University of Chicago that considered new approaches to area studies. For one year the focus was on India and she was fortunate to be exposed to some of the top scholars engaged in study of India. These and many other ACM-sponsored conferences and workshops expanded her intellectual horizons and informed her teaching and scholarship.


Another significant turn in her teaching and scholarship came with her 2003 year long sabbatical in Pakistan. She conducted research on women in Jihadi and Islamist organizations and taught in the Lahore University of Management Sciences, or LUMS.

She has gone back since then during summers to teach summer courses at LUMS. In 2004 she became the Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar for five years in order to share her personal and scholarly experiences of the Islamic World with her fellow Americans. She felt that it was her civic duty to make a modest contribution towards challenging the pervasive notion of the “clash of civilizations” and build a better understanding of the Muslim World in the United States. She developed two programs, entitled “Living Islam” and “What’s The Deal With the Veil?” She gave more than 50 public presentations to a variety of groups ranging from high school students to local churches to employees of pharmaceutical companies.

From 2004-07, she served as the faculty coordinator for ACM FaCE, the Mellon-Funded Faculty Career Enhancement Project. As a coordinator, she interacted with fellow faculty members from a variety of institutional contexts and learned lessons about teaching, learning, scholarship and campus politics. These opportunities kept her intellectually engaged in teaching, scholarship, and service at Monmouth.

She was the recipient of Burlington-Northern Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Fulbright Teaching/Research Scholarship. She has published in the area of ethnic politics, gender and politics, Islam and human rights, and militarism and motherhood.

She is working on a manuscript titled “Secularizing Islam and Sacralizing the State: Maududi and the Jammat-i-Islami in South Asia.” She is eagerly anticipating her experience as the coordinator for the ACM India Studies Program.


B.A. – State University of New York at Fredonia, 1980

M.A. – Cornell University 1983

Ph.D. – Cornell University 1987

Courses Taught

Pols 103: Introduction to American Politics

Pols 270: Introduction to International Relations

Pols 200: Introduction to Comparative Politics

Pols 245: Politics of Developing Nations

Pols 120: Film and Politics

Pols 375: Environmental Politics

Pols 366: International Organization

Pols 397: States and Markets

Intg 212: Love, Marriage and the State

Selected Work

2009 Pakistan: An Islamic State or a State for Muslims? In Religion and Politics in South Asia, Routledge

2009 Mothers of Lashker-e-Teyaba. Economic and Political Weekly, April.

2009 Jammat-e-Islami. I n Islamization of Pakistan 1979-2009, Middle East Institute, July.

2008 Militarism and Motherhood. In War and Terror: Feminist Perspectives. Hawkesworth and Alexander, eds. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, pp.307-330.

2007 Militarism and Motherhood: Women of Lashkar-i-Tayyabia in Pakistan. Signs: Journal of Women and Culture.

2001 Human Rights in Islam. In Negotiating Culture and Human Rights. Andrew Nathan, ed. New York: Columbia University Press, pp.243-257.

1996 Islam, the State and Politics of Gender in Pakistan. Muslim World, April, pp.158-175.

1994 Politics of Ethnic Mobilization: the Rise of the MQM in Pakistan. Asian Survey, November, pp.990-1004.