Fatima Z. Rahman

Assistant Professor of Politics and Chair of Islamic World Studies

Areas of Specialization

Comparative Politics; Politics of the Middle East/North Africa; International Relations; Islam and Politics; Democratization; Research Methods


PhD University of California, Irvine
MA University of California, Riverside
BA University of California, San Diego

Selected Honors and Administrative Positions

Associate Dean’s Fellowship (UCI), Winter 2012

School of Social Science Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant (UCI), Fall 2010

School of Social Science’s A. Kimball Romney Award for Outstanding Research Paper (UCI), Spring 2010 

Social Science Graduate Fellowship (UCI), Winter 2010                   

John Garcia Scholarship for ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research (UCI), Summer 2009

William F. Podlich Fellowship - Center for the Study of Democracy (UCI),  Fall 2007–Spring 2008      

Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship (UC Riverside), Fall 2006-Spring 2007                       

Provost’s Honors (UCSD), 2002-2006                                                    

Caledonian Honor Society for outstanding academic performance (UCSD), 2006

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Rahman, Fatima Z., “State Restrictions on the Ahmadiyya Sect in Indonesia and Pakistan:  Islam or Political Survival?” Australian Journal of Political Science 49(3), 2014, pp. 408-422.

Rahman, Fatima Z., “Determinants of Democracy in the Muslim World,” Polity 45(4), 2013, pp. 554-579.

Rahman, Fatima Z., “The Effects of State-Established Religion on Religious Freedom for Minorities,” Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion 9(8), 2013, pp. 3-24.

Rahman, Fatima Z., “Gender Equality in Muslim-Majority States and Shari’a Family Law: Is there a Link?” Australian Journal of Political Science 47(3), 2012, pp. 347-362.