Dr Sikandar Hayat

Dr Sikandar Hayat

Distinguished Professor of History and Public Policy & Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences

PhD History (Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad)
MPhil Political Science (Columbia University, New York)
MA History, MA Political Science, LLB (University of Peshawar, Peshawar)
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Dr Sikandar Hayat is Distinguished Professor of History and Public Policy and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences at Forman Christian College (A Chartered University), holding a dual appointment in the Department of History/Pakistan Studies and the Center for Public Policy and Governance, since early 2013. In 2014-17, he was Chair of the History Department. Earlier, in 2006-12, he was Directing Staff (Research) at the National Management College (formerly Pakistan Administrative Staff College, apex training institution for the civil servants of Pakistan) and Dean, National Institute of Public Policy at the National School of Public Policy, Lahore. In 1973-2006, he worked at the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, and, after serving for more than three decades, first at the department of Pakistan Studies (founding faculty, till 1983) and then at the department of History, retired as Meritorious Professor and Chair of the Department of History. During this period, in 1991-1995, he was (diplomat) Education Counselor (Head of Education Division) at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington DC, USA. In 1995-96, he was American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) Scholar-in-Residence, and taught courses in departments of Political Science at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo) and Arkansas State University (Jonesboro). He was AIPS Pakistan Lecture Series Speaker in 1990, 1997, and 2003, and delivered lectures on Pakistan at some of the leading universities in America. In 2006, he was invited to teach a course on ‘Politics and Islam’ at the Department of Political Science at Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA, under Fulbright Visiting Specialist Program, ‘Direct Access to the Muslim World’. He has been an HEC-approved Supervisor, and has supervised numerous PhD and MPhil theses at the Quaid-i-Azam University.

Dr. Hayat has been a member of a host of professional associations in the United States and Pakistan, including Association for Asian Studies (US); Middle East Studies Association (US); Annual Conference on South Asia, UW-Madison (US); Pakistan Society of Development Economists (Islamabad); Council of Social Sciences (Islamabad); and Pakistan History Society (Karachi). He has participated in many national and international conferences, both at home and abroad, especially in the US.

Research Interests:

Dr Hayat’s primary interests are Modern South Asia (especially Pakistan, Pakistan Movement, Quaid-i-Azam Jinnah Studies); International Politics; American History; and Research Methodology.

Publications (Recent):

In addition to numerous research papers, published in national and international journals, and a few chapters in books, Dr Hayat’s most recent publications are:

  • ‘Ouaid-i-Azam’s Personality and its Role and Relevance in the Achievement of Pakistan’, in The Jinnah Anthology, 4th Edition, eds. Liaqat H. Merchant and Sharif al Mujahid (Karachi: Lightstone Publishers, 2018).
  • The Charismatic Leader: Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and the Creation of Pakistan, Oxford Pakistan Paperbacks, 2nd ed. (Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2018). The first edition of the book was published in 2008, is recipient of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) ‘Best Book Publication Award’ for Social Sciences and Humanities. The second revised edition was published in 2014.
  • Aspects of the Pakistan Movement, 3rded. rev. (Islamabad: National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research, 2016).
  • ‘Muslim Revival and Freedom Movement’, in A History of Pakistan, ed., Roger D. Long (Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2015)

Currently, Dr Hayat is working on a manuscript tentatively titled, ‘Muslim Separatism in British India and the Making of Separate State of Pakistan: A Leadership Odyssey’.