Hasan Mahmud is assistant professor in residence at Northwestern University in Qatar. He has a PhD in sociology from the University of California Los Angeles, an MA in global studies from Sophia University in Tokyo, and an MSS and a BSS in sociology from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. He was a visiting faculty member in the Department of Sociology at Ball State University prior to coming to NU-Q. 

His teaching and research interests include sociological theories, globalization, international migration and development, identity politics, and global ethnography. His research has appeared in such publications as Current Sociology, Migration & Development, Contemporary Justice Review, and Journal of Socio-economic Research and Development.


  • Sociology 242-0 Topics in Sociology: Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociology 242-0 Topics in Sociology: International Migration
  • Sociology 242-0 Topics in Sociology: Race and Racisms
  • Sociology 242-0 Topics in Sociology: Youth in the Global South
  • Sociology 387-0 Advanced Topics in Sociology: Sociological Theories
  • Sociology 387-0 Advanced Topics in Sociology: Globalization and Third World
  • Sociology 387-0 Advanced Topics in Sociology: Sociology of Development


Research Interests

  • Globalization
  • Development
  • International migration
  • Migrants’ remittances
  • Migration management
  • Race and racism
  • Identity politics
  • Global ethnography



(Coedited with Min Zhou). Beyond Economic Migration: Social, Historical, and Political Factors in US Immigration. New York, USA: New York University Press, 2023. https://doi.org/10.18574/nyu/9781479818570.001.0001

Forthcoming: Remittance as Belonging: migration, money, and the quest for identity.


(Coauthored). "The experiences of children and adolescents undergoing forced separation from their parents during migration: A systematic review." Health & Social Care in the Community 30, no. 3 (2022): 888-898.

"Beyond Economics: the Family, Belonging and Remittances among the Bangladeshi Migrants in Los Angeles." International Migration 59, no. 5 (2021): 134-148. (Open access link - https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/imig.12809)

"From individual motivations to social determinants: Towards a sociology of migrants’ remittances." International Social Science Journal 70, no. 237-238 (2020): 175-188. (Open Access link- https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/issj.12247)

(Co-authored) "Migration in a turbulent time: Perspectives from the global South." Migration and Development 8, no. 1 (2019): 1-6.

"Social determinants of remitting practices among Bangladeshi migrants in Japan." Sociological perspectives 60, no. 1 (2017): 95-112.

"Impact of the destination state on migrants’ remittances: A study of remitting among Bangladeshi migrants in the USA, the UAE and Japan." Migration and development5, no. 1 (2016): 79-98.

"‘It’s my money’: Social class and the perception of remittances among Bangladeshi migrants in Japan." Current Sociology 62, no. 3 (2014): 412-430.

"Enemy or ally: Migrants, intermediaries and the state in Bangladeshi migration to Japan and the United States." Migration and Development 2, no. 1 (2013): 1-15.

"Drug addiction and identity politics: the spiritual use of ganja in Bangladesh." Contemporary Justice Review 11, no. 4 (2008): 441-458.


(Open Access) "Remittances and the Destination State: A Comparison of Bangladeshi Migrants in Japan and the USA." In Remittances as Social Practices and Agents of Change: The Future of Transnational Society, pp. 179-201. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2023. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-81504-2_8

(Open Access) "International Migration in Bangladesh: A Political Economic Overview." In Migration in South Asia: IMISCOE Regional Reader, pp. 49-65. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2023 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-34194-6_4

Mahmud, Hasan. "11. Remittances as Transnationalism: The Case of Bangladeshi Immigrants in Los Angeles." In Beyond Economic Migration, pp. 337-362. New York University Press, 2022. https://doi.org/10.18574/nyu/9781479818570.003.0016

““How Can You Be So Naïve?”- Negotiating insider status among co-ethnic migrants in global ethnographic fieldworks”. In Field Guide for Research in Community Settings: Tools, Methods, Challenges and Strategies, pp. 50-65). Edward Elgar Publishing, 2021.

Encyclopedia Entry

Mahmud, Hasan (2017) “Bangladesh” in Taylor, K. & Williams (eds.). Etiquette and Taboos around the World: A Geographic Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Customs (pp.26-30). Greenwood, ABC-CLIO: Santa Barbara, CA.

Mahmud, Hasan (2014) Bangladeshi Americans in Asian American Society: An Encyclopedia, edited by Mary Yu Danico, Sage Publications.

Book Reviews

Mahmud, Hasan (2017) Review of: Bengali Harlem and the lost histories of South Asian America by Vivek Bald, National Identities, 19(4): 434-436.

Mahmud, Hasan (2015) Review of: Insufficient Funds: The Culture of Money in Low-Wage Transnational Families by Hung Cam Thai, European Journal of Development Research, 27(2): 331–333.

Mahmud, Hasan (2014) Review of: Development, Power and the Environment: Neoliberal Paradox in the Age of Vulnerability by Md. Saidul Islam, Journal of South Asian Development, 9(3): 309-312.

Mahmud, Hasan (2013) Review of Muslims in Motion: Islam and National Identity in the Bangladeshi Diaspora, by Nazli Kibria. Journal of Asian American Studies, 16(1): 123-25.


  • Hosei International Fund Fellowship, Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan, 2013-14
  • Asia Institute Graduate Fellowship, UCLA, 2012-13
  • Monbukagakusho (Postgraduate) Scholarship, the Government of Japan, 2006-08
  • Kawahara Fieldwork Fellowship, Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, UCLA, 2012

Awards & Honors

  • Pacific Sociological Association Distinguished Graduate Student Paper Award 2015
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of Sociology, UCLA, 2013
  • Salimullah Gold Medal, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2003

Funded Projects

(2022-23) Global Hope, National Promise, Local Life: Encountering Western liberalism in the Education City in Qatar. Qatar Foundation UREP grant.

(2022-23) Education City, Qatar: Student Perspectives on a Multiversity. Qatar Foundation UREP grant.

(2020-21) Surviving the Covid-19 Pandemic: Socio-cultural impacts of coronavirus outbreak on migrants in Qatar. Qatar Foundation UREP grant.

(2019-20) Entrepreneurship and Economic Sustainability: contribution of migrant entrepreneurs in Qatar. Qatar Foundation UREP grant.

(2016-17) 'Helping Oneself by Helping Who Needs’: the discourses and practices of Qatari Foreign Aid to developing countries. Qatar Foundation UREP grant.