Samina Yasmeen

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Professor Samina Yasmeen is Director of the Centre for Muslim States and Societies and lectures in Political Science and International Relations in the School of Social and Cultural Studies, the University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth.

Professor Yasmeen is a specialist in political, and strategic developments in South Asia (particularly Pakistan), the role of Islam in world politics, and citizenship among immigrant women. She is the author of Understanding Muslim Identities: From Perceived Relative Exclusion to Inclusion (2008). The research was commissioned by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) and the Office of Multicultural Interests, Government of Western Australia, as part of the National Action Plan. She has edited Muslims in Australia: the Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion (2010, Melbourne University Press); and is co-editor of Islam and the West: Reflections from Australia (2005) She also conducted a large scale study on the Settlement Needs of Muslims living in Perth Metropolitan Area in the 1990s. Her research on social inclusion and exclusion dynamics focuses primarily on Muslim women and Citizenship in Australia.

As a specialist on politico-strategic developments in South Asia, Professor Yasmeen has focused on the role of Islamisation in Pakistan’s domestic and foreign policy. Her current research focuses on the role of Islamic militant groups, their prescriptions for social and political structures for Muslim states, and the implications of these ideas for Pakistan’s stability and foreign policy. She has conducted research on groups including Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish Mohammad.

Professor Yasmeen is a member of Australian Multicultural Council (AMC) since August 2011. Earlier she served on the Australian Multicultural Advisory Council (AMAC) from 2009-2011. She is also a Board Member of the National Australia Day Council; and a board member of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Canberra. She also serves on the Community Consultative Committee of the National Centre of Excellence in Islamic Studies, Melbourne University. She was a member of the Ministerial council, Council for Immigration Services and Status Resolution (CISSR) from 2009-2011; and the National Consultative Committee of International Security Issues between 2005 – 2008 (appointed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs). She works closely with the West Australian Government on issues affecting Muslims. She is a Vice-President of the Australian Institute for International Affairs (WA Branch) and a member of the Red Cross WA International Humanitarian Law Committee.

Samina Yasmeen is the recipient of the 2011 WA Citizenship Sir Ronald Wilson Leadership Award, and was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame on 8 March 2012. She was selected as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs in November 2012.

Want to read some of her work? Check out The Conversation for a good collection of her pieces.