ATLEB is proud to have several eminent scholars of English Studies in the Advisory Board.
Professor of English, University of Dhaka
Professor of English, University of Dhaka
Niaz Zaman retired as Professor of English, University of Dhaka, and is at present Advisor, Department of English and Modern Languages, Independent University, Bangladesh. Her PhD was in American Literature from George Washington University. Her doctoral dissertation, The Confessional Art of Tennessee Williams, was subsequently published by the University of Dhaka. Apart from academic writings, she writes in different creative genres. She is also a translator and in 2016 she received the prestigious Bangla Academy Award for Translation. Her other honours include the Anannya Sahitya Puroshkar (2013), the American Alumni Association (AAA) Award for Education (2017), and the UPL award for Prolific Author (2018).
Fakrul Alam is Director, Sheikh Mujib Research Institute for Peace and Liberty and UGC Professor, Department of English, University of Dhaka. He received the Bangla Academy Puroshkar (Literature Award) for Translation in 2013. His publications include Bharati Mukherjee (Boston, Twayne Publishers, 1995); Jibanananda Das: Selected Poems (UPL, 1999); South Asian Writers in English (Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2006); Imperial Entanglements and Literature in English (writer’s ink: Dhaka, 2007); and The Essential Tagore (Harvard UP, 2011; with Radha Chakravarty). Other works include translations of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Unfinished Memoirs (Dhaka: UPL, New Delhi: Penguin Books, 2012) and Prison Diaries (Dhaka: Bangla Academy, 2016), and Ocean of Sorrow, a translation of the late nineteenth century Bengali epic narrative, Bishad Sindhu (Dhaka: Bangla Academy, 2017). Among his most recent publications are the collection of essays Once More into the Past, (Dhaka: Daily Star Books, 2020), a translation of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s New China (Dhaka: Bangla Academy, 2021) and Reading Literature in English and English Studies in Bangladesh: Postcolonial Perspectives (Dhaka: writers.ink: 2021). Forthcoming works include a selection of translations of Rabindranath’s song-lyrics from Tagore’s Gitabitan.
Firdous Azim is a professor of literature in the Department of English and Humanities at Brac University. She is also an executive member of Naripokkho, a leading feminist organization in the country. At Naripokkho she heads the programme entitled ‘The Forgotten Women of 1971’, which aims to restore dignity to Birangonas, or the rape survivors of our Liberation war.In her writing she combines her literary interests with her social activism, writing on issues of women, their place in the national imaginary, as well as the place of women in literature. Her works include The Colonial Rise of the Novel (1993), a special edited volume, (with Nivedita Menon and Dina Siddiqui) of Feminist Review, ‘Negotiating New Terrains: South Asian Feminisms’ vol 91, 2009, and a special issue of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies. Vol 11 no 2 2011 entitled ‘Islam Culture and Women’. She has contributed to the Zubaan collection of essays Feminist Subversion and Complicity – Governmentalities and Gender Knowledge in South Asia edited by Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay| 2017.
Before joining the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) as professor of English, Kaiser Haq taught for 41 years at Dhaka University, where he had received his BA Honours and MA degrees before going on a Commonwealth scholarship to Warwick U, where he did his PhD. He has been a Senior Fulbright Fellow and Vilas Fellow at U of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at SOAS, London University. His publications include eight volumes of poetry, six translated volumes, a retelling of the Manasa legends, and, as editor, two poetry anthologies. His awards include the Bangla Academy Prize, the Sherwin W. Howard Poetry Award, and SALA's Distinguished Achievement Award for Creative Writing.
Born on 13 December 1952, Professor Mohit Ul Alam, PhD, is presently the Dean of Arts and Social Science Faculty at Premier University, Chattogram. Formerly he was the Vice-Chancellor of Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University, Trishal, Mymensingh (2013-2017). Earlier he retired from Chittagong University as a professor of English in 2008. He has so far translated ten of Shakespeare’s plays in Bengali prose. Besides, he has edited and introduced the original plays As You Like It and Hamlet published by Albatross Publications, Dhaka. He has also authored more than fifty books consisting of poetry, novels, short stories, essays, travelogues, sports and translation. In 2021 he has published two books: on the National Poet of Bangladesh, Kazi Nazrul Islam, entitled Bidrohir ei Rakta, or This Blood of the Rebel and on the Father of the Nation: Bangabandhu: Bangladesh. His book entitled Golpe Golpe Ingreji Shekha (Learning English through Fiction) was awarded the Ekushey Puroshkar by Chittagong University in 1996. He also received an honorific medal as an eminent teacher from the Musicology Department, Ravindra Bharati University, Kolkata, India in 2015. Professor Alam has co-edited two volumes of history of the Bangladesh Liberation War: Muktijudhdhey Dhaka 1971 (2010) and Dhaka in the Liberation War 1971 (2011) published by the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
Quazi Mostain Billah was born in January 24, 1951. In 2016, he retired from his teaching position at Chittagong University which he had joined in February 1975 after doing his BA (Hons.) and MA in English from Dhaka University in 1971 (1972) and 1972 (1974). He also took an MA in the Study of Literature from University of Texas at Dallas in 1993. Currently, he teaches at Chittagong Independent University. He is an essayist, translator and occasionally writes short stories as well. He is interested in the study of Shakespeare, Critical Theory and Translation Studies. He has published Foundation English for Undergraduates, Two Plays by Zia Hyder, Plator Sahitto Darshon, Chiria Khanar Galpo, Shakespearer Jibon O Karmo, Sons of the Sea, Ramgolam and The Reason Why Abdul Jalil Died.
Shafi Ahmed taught in the department of English, Jahangirnagar University from 1975 to 2012. He was a Visiting Professor at Tripura University, India for two short terms. His special areas of interest stretch from Shakespeare to Modern European drama and Post-colonial studies with focus on theatre and performance studies. He has to his credit 12 books on literature, society and culture and more than 50 articles published in national and international journals. He travelled to several countries to take part in many international seminars and conferences. He is still actively associated with International Theatre Institute and International University Theatre Association.
Dr. Syed Manzoorul Islam recently retired as professor of English from the University of Dhaka after more than four decades of teaching there, and now teaches at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. He did his undergraduate and graduate studies in English at the University of Dhaka and received his Ph.D. from Queen’s University, Canada. He has written extensively on literature, literary theory, cultural studies, art and architecture in journals at home and abroad, and has received a large number of awards in recognition of his contribution to Bangla literature, including Bangla Academy Award (1996) and Ekushey Padak (2018).