Helal Mohammed Khan
Helal earned an MSc in social & cultural anthropology from the University of Leuven and another in Islamic & Middle Eastern studies from the University of Edinburgh. He is a graduate of Defence Services Command & Staff College (Bangladesh) and holds a postgraduate diploma in international relations from the University of Dhaka. Helal is a former British Chevening scholar and a Flanders Government Master Mind scholar.
Prior to doctoral studies at Notre Dame, Helal served as a Major in Infantry in the Bangladesh Army and as a staff officer at the headquarters Border Guards Bangladesh. As a Captain, he led a special forces team of UN peacekeepers in D R Congo. Outside news media, Helal’s writings have appeared in the Bangladesh Army Journal, IAPSS Politikon Journal and The Jahangirnagar Review (Social Science). He contributed a chapter to Conflict in Myanmar: War, Politics, Religion, edited at the Australian National University (2016). He remains a reviewer for IAPSS Politikon and Critical Research on Religion journals.
Helal’s doctoral project – administered under a Presidential Fellowship at Notre Dame – investigates the Rohingya refugees and their microcosmic experiences in the American Midwest, whom he witnesses moving beyond trauma and persecution and explores through hope, positivity, and host-migrant interactional triviality.
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