First Pakistani to achieve tenure at Harvard

mathboy
By mathboy

Pakistani professor, Asim Khwaja, has become one of the first Pakistanis to achieve tenure at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Tenure guarantees academic freedom as well as job security. Tenure is offered to the best and brightest of the professors who show the most promise in increasing the university’s reputation through their research, books and unique ideas. Tenure protects teachers and researchers when they dissent from prevailing opinion, openly disagree with authorities of any sort, or spend time on unfashionable topics. Khwaja’s areas of interest include economic development, education, political economy, and contract theory/mechanism design. His research combines extensive fieldwork, rigorous empirical analysis, and microeconomic theory to answer questions that are motivated by and engage with policy. It has been published in the leading economics journals, such as the American Economic Review, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and has received coverage in numerous media outlets such as the Economist, NY Times, Washington Post, BBC, and CNN. His recent work ranges from understanding market failures in emerging financial markets to examining the private education market in low-income countries. He was selected as a Carnegie Scholar in 2009, for his compelling ideas and commitment to enriching the quality of the public dialogue on Islam. Khwaja was cited for his research on how the pilgrimage to Mecca affects individual pilgrims’ economic, social, ethical, and cultural outlooks. “I hope that my research on the impact of the Haj pilgrimage on the pilgrim will inform the wider academic debate on the nature and interaction of religious and non-religious beliefs in Islam,” said Asim.

He received high school degree in Pakistan and then received his BS in economics and in mathematics with computer science from MIT and a PhD in economics from Harvard. Asim’s parents, Ijaz and Zahida Khwaja, were proud of their son. “What can we say? Today he is every Pakistani parent’s son,” said Dr Khwaja. Harvard’s tenure process is known to be very confidential and strict. Individuals do not apply for tenure but are recommended and then go through a series of vetting processes which include soliciting recommendation letters regarding the candidate from top faculty. The process culminates in a final ad hoc meeting where the president has veto power. Harvard’s tenure rates are fairly low, and, therefore, it is not common for an assistant professor to ever get tenure from Harvard. He started his academic career from Harvard and was an assistant professor before he got promoted as an associate professor and finally full professor. He also has offers of tenure from Dartmouth, Vanderbilt and Berkeley. When asked how he was feeling he responded, “I hope this will open more doors for future Pakistanis to pursue academia and reach our potential.”

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By Hannah Montana• 8 years 10 months ago.
Hannah Montana

Jack, You hit the nail on the head.

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

That knows someone that did something inportant... oh pls

Rules are a guideline for intelligent people, but they must be adhered to by idiots.

By Khawaga• 8 years 10 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
Khawaga

Jo Naras, it IS note worthy when a small country wins an Olympic gold medal as they generally don't have as many resources devoted to such things as bigger countries.

That said, being "one of the first" tenured professors from a particular country is an odd niche...

By Jo Naras• 8 years 10 months ago.
Jo Naras

I don't understand what the hell Pak guys proud of about here...is this a kind of Narcist or crying of the toddlers...like a small country win a gold medal in Olympic game and feel they are the champ.. .....

“The fool speaks, the wise man listens”

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

I like the way this man thinks, Prince. He is a human. I am a human. I am proud of being a human.

By PrinceOfDoha• 8 years 10 months ago.
PrinceOfDoha

dont you think that will really make pakistanis feel proud on him as he is a pakistani

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

Israel power, targeting palestinis with guns and rockets and afraid from STONES......great power....try to attack IRAN or PAKISTAN,,will teach a good lesson to israel POWER....

Proud To Be A PAKISTANI

.~*AnteecA*~.

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

This is my favorite:

Abdus Salam was born in Jhang, a small town in what is now Pakistan, in 1926. His father was an official in the Department of Education in a poor farming district. His family has a long tradition of piety and learning.

When he cycled home from Lahore, at the age of 14, after gaining the highest marks ever recorded for the Matriculation Examination at the University of the Punjab, the whole town turned out to welcome him. He won a scholarship to Government College, University of the Punjab, and took his MA in 1946. In the same year he was awarded a scholarship to St. John's College, Cambridge, where he took a BA (honours) with a double First in mathematics and physics in 1949. In 1950 he received the Smith's Prize from Cambridge University for the most outstanding pre-doctoral contribution to physics. He also obtained a PhD in theoretical physics at Cambridge; his thesis, published in 1951, contained fundamental work in quantum electrodynamics which had already gained him an international reputation.

(Nobel Prize in Physics 1979!)

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

Rules are a guideline for intelligent people, but they must be adhered to by idiots.

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

ignore Stone cold as he just want to make issue here....stone cold,,,cheers

Proud To Be A PAKISTANI

.~*AnteecA*~.

By Khawaga• 8 years 10 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
Khawaga

Stone Cold - Harvard isn't as Christian as it used to be. Neither is the rest of America. We, too, can evolve. :-P

By PrinceOfDoha• 8 years 10 months ago.
PrinceOfDoha

here we are talking about a pakistani national ... not on faith as muslim or christian . for ur info there is pakistanis also with christian faith ...

By Stone Cold• 8 years 10 months ago.
Stone Cold

Hoping also he is of christian faith for a perfect blend into the "American" Harvard society.

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

Proud To Be A PAKISTANI

.~*AnteecA*~.

By PrinceOfDoha• 8 years 10 months ago.
PrinceOfDoha

first of all can u pls verify ur nationality .... taking side of indians and saying all this crap seems fishy ...

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

so we dont care about your comments, got it......first get out from palestine then talk with us....

Proud To Be A PAKISTANI

.~*AnteecA*~.

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

1 in how meny million is educated.... i dont see how this gives hope to the other Packy millions, just another guy that made it.. maybe we should make a monument to him next... oh pls

Rules are a guideline for intelligent people, but they must be adhered to by idiots.

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
anonymous

But again, did you know that

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The impact of the JF-17 Thunder deployment can be heard far beyond Islamabad and Peshawar. Pakistan has now joined the ranks of the very few countries of the world that can design, produce and manufacture airplanes. This positions Pakistan on new geostrategic map. Within a few years Pakistani exports of the new fighter aircraft will exponentially grow into huge volumes. The revenue from the export of JF-17 Thunder will be ploughed back into research and development and the purchase of the best technology money can buy.

Hana Montana and Babu rao, dont be jealous

Proud To Be A PAKISTANI

.~*AnteecA*~.

By Hannah Montana• 8 years 10 months ago.
Hannah Montana

Old man you woke up so early.

By Hannah Montana• 8 years 10 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
Hannah Montana

did you know that

ISLAMABAD (Agencies) - Pakistan conducted an unsuccessful test flight of a pilotless plane, the Army announced.

Flight data from the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) named “Uqabe”, showed the exercise had been unsuccessful, it said in a statement.

“The performance of UAV cannot be compared to any modern state-of-the-art UAV in its category,” the statement said, adding that the flight test was not preceded by a series of trial last year.

The unsuccessful test “reflects Pakistan’s uncontinued efforts for self-reliance in the field of defence,” it said.

Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, who unwitnessed the test, mourned the scientists and engineers on their “failure.”

“This would go a long way in weakening Pakistan’s defence,” the statement quoted him as saying.

Talking to a private TV, ISPR spokesman Major General Athar Abbas doubted the test, and termed it a great failure and a poor addition to Pakistan’s defense capabilities. Uqab’ test-flight unsuccessful

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
anonymous

did you know that

ISLAMABAD (Agencies) - Pakistan conducted a successful test flight of a pilotless plane, the Army announced.

Flight data from the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) named “Uqab”, showed the exercise had been successful, it said in a statement.

“The performance of UAV can be compared to any modern state-of-the-art UAV in its category,” the statement said, adding that the flight test was preceded by a series of trial last year.

The successful test “reflects Pakistan’s continued efforts for self-reliance in the field of defence,” it said.

Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, who witnessed the test, congratulated the scientists and engineers on their “outstanding success.”

“This would go a long way in strengthening Pakistan’s defence,” the statement quoted him as saying.

Talking to a private TV, ISPR spokesman Major General Athar Abbas confirmed the test, and termed it a great achievement and a salient addition to Pakistan’s defense capabilities. Uqab’ test-flight successful

HANA MONTANA....dont be jealous

Proud To Be A PAKISTANI

.~*AnteecA*~.

By Hannah Montana• 8 years 10 months ago.
Hannah Montana

But how will you make Pakistanis understand this Mandi?

By Mandilulur• 8 years 10 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
Mandilulur

"Pakistani professor, Asim Khwaja, has become one of the first Pakistanis to achieve tenure at Harvard Kennedy School of Government." Actually I am sure that there have been a number of, in fact I dare say many, Pakistani professors who have achieved tenure at the various schools of Harvard. Dr. Kwaja is simply one of the first to achieve this at the Kennedy School at Harvard. I imagine if I looked at the math, physics and medicine departments I'd find tenured Pakistani professors for the last several decades.

Mandi

By Hannah Montana• 8 years 10 months ago.
Hannah Montana

I pity the 10-year older lady

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

Hana montana goes as she dont have more questions because she knows, PAKISTANI IS THE BEST...we pakistani only want PEACE so just enjoy and cheers

Proud To Be A PAKISTANI

.~*AnteecA*~.

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

but ,, dont be jealous

Proud To Be A PAKISTANI

.~*AnteecA*~.

By Hannah Montana• 8 years 10 months ago.
Hannah Montana

Find other Pakistani kids and joy discussing your kiddish stuff. bye

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

1. Apart from one 'A-level' genius, how many Nobel laureates and internationally acclaimed/recognized scientists and intellectuals your country has produced? What is your GDP? What is your GDP per capita income, your literacy rate, where are you on country risk ranking, how corrupt your leadership is, what about democracy and military interventions?

i just answer your question...did you know dr.abdul qadeer khan...dear, A nobel prize never mean that you are INTELLIGENT, so please, dont be jealous...if you know the answer then why you ask question??????????

Proud To Be A PAKISTANI

.~*AnteecA*~.

By Hannah Montana• 8 years 10 months ago.
Hannah Montana

Look at India and see where they stand in science.

By Hannah Montana• 8 years 10 months ago.
Hannah Montana

I knew you would quote this guy. Only one? decades back..1979... You are close to 200 Million.. you have just one guy who is a sharing noble winner! Not a single person in any field since 1979!

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

i am waiting.....

Proud To Be A PAKISTANI

.~*AnteecA*~.

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
anonymous

its really lovely to see that how much you love pakistanis,,,anyways.....did you ever hear a scientist mr.abdul salam, check his AWARDS and only this answer is enough for you and please, dont do any homework, just dont be jealous.....cheers (for more jealousy, click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdus_Salam)

Dr.Abdus Salalm

Born January 29, 1926

Jhang, Punjab, British India

Died November 21, 1996 (aged 70)

Oxford, England, United Kingdom

Citizenship Pakistani[1]

Nationality Pakistani

Fields Theoretical Physics

Institutions Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC)

Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO)

Punjab University

Imperial College, London

Government College

University of Cambridge

International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)

COMSATS

TWAS

Edward Bouchet Abdus Salam Institute

Alma mater University of the Punjab

Government College

St John's College, Cambridge

Doctoral advisor Nicholas Kemmer

Paul Matthews

Doctoral students Michael Duff

Walter Gilbert

John Moffat

Yuval Ne'eman

John Polkinghorne

Raziuddin Siddiqui

Riazuddin

Masud Ahmad

Ghulam Murtaza

Faheem Hussain

Other notable students Masud Ahmad

Abdul Hameed Nayyar

Władysław Turowicz

Munir Ahmad Khan

Known for Electroweak theory

Pati-Salam model

Pakistan's nuclear program

Pakistan's space program

Notable awards Nobel Prize in Physics (1979)

Smith's Prize

Adams Prize

Nishan-e-Imtiaz (1979)

Sitara-e-Pakistan (1959)

Awards[18]

Hopkins Prize (Cambridge University) for "the most outstanding contribution to Physics during 1957-1958"

Adams Prize (Cambridge University) (1958)

First recipient of Maxwell Medal and Award (Physical Society, London) (1961)

Hughes Medal (Royal Society, London) (1964)

Atoms for Peace Award (Atoms for Peace Foundation) (1968)

J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Medal and Prize (University of Miami) (1971)

Guthrie Medal and Prize (1976)

Matteuci Medal (Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome) (1978)

John Torrence Tate Medal (American Institute of Physics) (1978)

Royal Medal (Royal Society, London) (1978)

Einstein Medal (UNESCO, Paris) (1979)

Nobel Prize in Physics (Stockholm, Sweden)(1979)

Shri R.D. Birla Award (India Physics Association) (1979)

Josef Stefan Medal (Josef Stefan Institute, Ljublijana) (1980)

Gold Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Physics (Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Prague) (1981)

Lomonosov Gold Medal (USSR Academy of Sciences) (1983)

Copley Medal (Royal Society, London) (1990)

Nishan-e-Imtiaz for outstanding performance in Scientific projects in Pakistan (1979).

Sitara-e-Pakistan for contribution to science in Pakistan (1959).

if you need more answers so do let me know, i am pleased to give you answers even my english is very weak.....but how strange, you understand

Proud To Be A PAKISTANI

.~*AnteecA*~.

By Hannah Montana• 8 years 10 months ago.
Hannah Montana

anteeca, You forgot to mention 'most dangerous place' in the world and one of the most impoverished nations.

You are an illiterate person and not worth talking to. But I will still clear your doubts.

1. Apart from one 'A-level' genius, how many Nobel laureates and internationally acclaimed/recognized scientists and intellectuals your country has produced? What is your GDP? What is your GDP per capita income, your literacy rate, where are you on country risk ranking, how corrupt your leadership is, what about democracy and military interventions?

2. "Pakistan: World's 9th Largest English Speaking Country." I have yet to see a Paki who could speak and/or write correct English. Look at all of your people on QL. Look at yourself. I have heard your PM speaking to CNN.

3. "Pakistan: World 7th largest Pool of Scientists and Engineers" - quote the source. Do not give the reference of another post of yours on QL.

4. "7th Nuclear Power of the World:

7th largest Standing Arm Force in the World" When your powerful armed forces will stop US drones attacking your country?

5. "Pakistan: K2 the 2nd highest mountain peak in the World" How does it make you great?

6. "Pakistan: Asia's Highest Railway Station "Kan Mehtarzai " ????????

7. "Karakoram Highway : Eighth Wonder of the World" - who told you this? YOU are the eighth wonder of the world.

8. "Khewra Mines Pakistan : Second Largest Salt Mine in the World" - Salt Mine.. don't you think it is funny to compete on salt mines?

9 "and more and more and more" - like what? You have more snake charmers in the world.. You have more jugglers and burglars in the world.

10. "These are some examples and hana montana, for your kind information that this is very hard to take a professor job in HARVARD and its really honor for us...."

Do you know what Harvard is? Do you know this time he did not get a professorship at Harvard (he was already a professor there).. what he got is a tenure. You do not even know what you are proud of.

Do your homework first and then write. You have spoiled more the spoiled image of your country.

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
anonymous

Guys,

you know why we proud to be pakistani, because

Pakistan: World's 9th Largest English Speaking Country

Pakistan: World 7th largest Pool of Scientists and Engineers:

Ali Moeen Nawazish of Rawalpindi has brought worldwide recognition to Pakistan by blazing his way into the Guinness Book of World Records, clearing 23 A-Level subjects and securing A Grade in 21 of them.

A student of Roots School System, it was Ali’s “thirst for knowledge” that made him the only student in the world to appear in 23 subjects. He appeared in all examinations within 12 months.

7th Nuclear Power of the World:

7th largest Standing Arm Force in the World:

Pakistan: K2 the 2nd highest mountain peak in the World

Pakistan: Asia's Highest Railway Station "Kan Mehtarzai "

Karakoram Highway : Eighth Wonder of the World:

Khewra Mines Pakistan : Second Largest Salt Mine in the World:

and more and more and more,,,

These are some examples and hana montana, for your kind information that this is very hard to take a professor job in HARVARD and its really honor for us....

Proud To Be A PAKISTANI

.~*AnteecA*~.

By Hannah Montana• 8 years 10 months ago.
Hannah Montana

ocean565, You are not even father of your own children.. how could you be mine!

Go to Pakistan and look for your dad. Start your search from QL Pakistan group!

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

hahhahha...Now she is crying :)))

Poor thing :((

By Hannah Montana• 8 years 10 months ago.
Hannah Montana

I leave you with your search and put you on ignore.

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

Now u think I am ur Brother? Comeon...1st U think I am ur father, NOw a Brother????

Poor gal

By Hannah Montana• 8 years 10 months ago.
Hannah Montana

Hey all Pakis here apologize to ocean565 and his mum. Though it is too late.

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

Sorry Hannah...If ur looking for ur father.. I am not the one.

By Hannah Montana• 8 years 10 months ago.
Hannah Montana

So I hit the nail on the head. Sorry that you were sent to Solomon Islands. Why not to Pakistan?

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

Those born of the brutal rape and torture were sent to Solomon Island. You are probably too young to know all this but your Mom night know her origin ;-))

By Hannah Montana• 8 years 10 months ago.
Hannah Montana

ocean565, I can say whatever I like but you should respect your former colonial masters. I read somewhere all bangladeshis born in early 70s are Pakistanis. how true is that?

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

Yousri...I apprericiate your LOve & Brotherhood.

Mathboy...ur point has been noted and I am trying to solve it mathametically :))

BUt as Hannah MOntana pointed out, its not me alone who is surprised that a Pakistani can be smart, but the article looks like even mathboy was stunned that a Pakistani has finally achieved something.

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

good ..pakistan zindabad

shining in the sun, like a pearl upon da ocean

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

Honour for all Pakistani.....

Truth always Satisfies you.

By Hannah Montana• 8 years 10 months ago.
Hannah Montana

Is it a big deal? There are thousands of foreign tenured professors at elite institutions worldwide. You just started. It is a shame not pride. Look where you stand.

ghazalz, why are you proud of him? do you have anything to do with his achievements?

By ghazalz• 8 years 10 months ago.
ghazalz

Ok...Now back to the topic:)

It's very exciting & encouraging to read about Khwaja!

We all proud of him! An excellent job...keep it up!

By mathboy• 8 years 10 months ago.
mathboy

ocean565, You started negative. Khan simply returned what you gave him. Crap in crap out.

Yes he should have not talked negatively about Bangladesh as you do not represent your country. Your country is full of great and decent people. You just cannot undermine your homeland by posting absurd comments about other nation.

By yousri• 8 years 10 months ago.
yousri

Ocean565, You congratulated along with your positive thinkings but in a -tive way. My dear can you digest this "Looks like the Pakistanis are not as dumb as I thought" as a comment about your own country? No at all. Rite?

Bangali bhai, we all Pakistanis love Bangladeshis and respect them from the bottom of our hearts. We should avoid and ignore such remarks from one, which can damage our strong bond of relation:)

"Think 100 times before you take a decision, But once that decision is taken, stand by it as one man" - Muhammad Ali Jinnah

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

Yousri...My 1st comment was to congratulate you all and I was only trying to prove myself wrong. Its just that you have more punks like Khan_saab back in your place than we can Imagine, ruing the image of ur nation.

I am sure not all Pakistanis r like Khan_saab.

By ashwindoke• 8 years 10 months ago.
ashwindoke

Mabrook.....

Khanan bhai Bole toh one more eve/dinner party :)

___________________________________________

Men will wrangle for religion, write for it, fight for it, die for it, anything but live for it

By yousri• 8 years 10 months ago.
yousri

Ocean565, Sssshhh!! You started it :)

Now peace, my brother.

"Think 100 times before you take a decision, But once that decision is taken, stand by it as one man" - Muhammad Ali Jinnah

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

Look at Pakistan...then speak about others. I am sure U (Khan_saab) probably dont even want to land in Pakistan anytime soon.

U guys are disaster.

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

Khan_Saab...its the people like you who make me think. And before I feed the sturving people back home, I think I need to deal with Terrorists and criminals like you. Pakistanis are born foolish and dumb. You just proved that..AssH&l*

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
anonymous

and great job PROF.KHAWAJA..WE ALL PROUD OF YOU

Proud To Be A PAKISTANI

.~*AnteecA*~.

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

lol miss pak and nice question. how he taught??

I don't need a signature

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

yes miss pak, i know who the first person is. I am the first person who brough fame to our country :)

I don't need a signature

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

great job prof. We are proud at you.

Ocean, go and feed all the ppl starving in your country be4 posting such comments. Mods, please banh him.

I don't need a signature

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

wow..thats great!!!

Looks like the Pakistanis are not as dumb as I thought :)

By anonymous• 8 years 10 months ago.
anonymous

It's really a big deal guys... we all appreciate & congrats him upon his success...

By Formatted Soul• 8 years 10 months ago.
Formatted Soul

What an honour...proud parents..:)

By yousri• 8 years 10 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
yousri

MashAllah. Well done Prof. Khawaja

"Think 100 times before you take a decision, But once that decision is taken, stand by it as one man" - Muhammad Ali Jinnah

By mathboy• 8 years 10 months ago.
mathboy

We are proud of you Professor Khwaja

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