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


Funded Projects

(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.

Research Interests

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



Mahmud, Hasan (2021, Online First) Beyond Economics: the Family, Belonging and Remittances among the Bangladeshi Migrants in Los Angeles, International Migration (Open access link - https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/imig.12809)

Mahmud, Hasan (2020, Online First) From individual motivations to social determinants: towards a sociology of migrants’ remittances, International Social Science Journal (Open Access link- https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/issj.12247

Mahmud, Hasan (2017) Social Determinants of Remitting Practices among Bangladeshi Migrants in Japan. Sociological Perspectives, 60(1): 95-112.

Mahmud, Hasan (2015) Impact of the Destination State on Migrants’ Remittances: A Study of Remitting among Bangladeshi Migrants in the USA, the UAE and Japan. Migration & Development. DOI:10.1080/21632324.2015.1022007

Mahmud, Hasan (2014) It’s my money: Social class and the perception of remittance among Bangladeshi migrants in Japan. Current Sociology, 62(3): 418-430.

Mahmud, Hasan (2013) Enemy or Ally: Migrants, Intermediaries and the State in Bangladeshi Migration to Japan and the United States. Migration and Development, 2(1): 1-15.

Mahmud, Hasan (2008) Drug Addiction and Identity Politics: The Spiritual Use of Ganja (cannabis) in Bangladesh. Contemporary Justice Review, 11(4): 441-458.

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