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Rolin G Mainuddin

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Associate Professor
(919) 530-7259
(919) 530-6246
109-E Edmonds Classroom Building


Core Courses:
POLS-2110: Introduction to Comparative Politics
POLS-2115: Introduction to International Politics
POLS-3600: American Foreign Policy
POLS-3730: Global Security
POLS-4520: Middle Eastern Politics
Other Courses:
POLS-2100: Introduction to American Government
POLS-4600: Workshop in International Affairs

Academic Advisor: Global Politics Concentration (Department of Political Science).
Member: Academic Program Review Committee (Department of Political Science).
Member: Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion Committee (Dept. of Pol. Sc.).
Member: Post-Tenure Review Committee (Department of Political Science).
Liaison: Political Science Representative (James E. Shepard Memorial Library).
Senator: Faculty Senate (North Carolina Central University).
Member: Portfolio Review Committee (North Carolina Central University).
Recipient: NCCU Excellence in Teaching Award (2016).
Team Leader (NCCU): TISS-IC-CAE [UNC-CH, NCCU, NCSU, and Duke University].

Executive Board Member: Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS), NC.
Member: Editorial Board, Journal of Third World Studies.
Member: Int. Board of Editors, International J. of South Asian Studies (India).
Member: Board of Trustees, Muslim American Public Affairs Council (MAPAC), NC.

Last Updated: August 11, 2016.


Rolin Mainuddin is associate professor of political science at North Carolina Central University. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Kansas. Before earning two master's degrees in political science and administrative studies, respectively, from Ohio University, he completed graduate and undergraduate studies in international relations at Dhaka University (Bangladesh). He is a former president of the North Carolina Political Science Association (2002-2003) and the Association of Third World Studies (1998-1999). In addition to editing a book, Religion and Politics in the Developing World: Explosive Interactions (Ashgate), his articles have appeared in Indian Journal of Asian Affairs; Journal of Political Science, Government and Politics (online); Journal of Third World Studies; Mid-American Journal of Politics; Middle East Policy; and Military Review.

Last Updated: February 15, 2016.

Research Interests

International security, religious violence (political Islam), and the Middle East (GCC).


PhD University of Kansas 1992
MA Ohio University 1986
MA Ohio University 1984
MSS University of Dhaka 1982
BSS University of Dhaka 1981


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Selected Publications

1. Mainuddin, R. G. (2012). “Strategic Defense Run Amuck: Contextualizing the Iraq War,” . Journal of Political Science, Government and Politics , 1, 1-11.
2. Mainuddin, R. G. (2007). “Political Islam: Untangling the Conceptual Muddle” . Journal of Third World Studies , 24, 109-128.
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