Dr. Rameez Abbas

Associate Professor



  • Ph.D. in political science from The Johns Hopkins University.
  • B.A. in government and politics, and philosophy, from the University of Maryland

Areas of Expertise

  • Refugees and migration
  • Citizenship and minority rights; including building resilience in divided societies
  • Great power and regional security politics in South Asia
  • Religion and politics in South Asia and the Middle East

Rameez Abbas is an Associate Professor of Regional and Analytic Studies at the National Defense University, where she teaches courses on South Asian politics, statecraft, and the Muslim world. She has also been Lecturer and Program Coordinator at the MA in Global Security Studies at Johns Hopkins University; and Editor and Publications Manager at the Migration Policy Institute. Dr. Abbas earned a BA in government and politics from the University of Maryland and a PhD in political science from Johns Hopkins, where her work focused on migration and citizenship politics in India and included extensive fieldwork in Mumbai and Kolkata. Her research has been supported by the East West Center in Washington, and she was also awarded a Fulbright grant. Her current research is about the political strategies of religious minorities in South Asia and the Middle East. Her work has appeared in several publications, including Foreign Affairs and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.