Kevin Downey

Dr.Kevin Downey
Position: Lecturer
Tel: 02-613-2304
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Islamic radicalism and secession movements in the modern state
Alternative pathways to economic security and autonomy among "urbanized villagers”
Political development, identity, civil society, and democratization in South East Asia.

Dr.Kevin Downey holds Doctorate and Master’s degrees in South and Southeast Asian History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Masters in South Asian Languages from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Religion from North Carolina State University. He worked at the East-West Center’s Washington DC office as a Research Associate and Publications Coordinator from February 2002 to June 2004. His responsibilities included project-based research for the director and management of the Center’s two publications series: Policy Studies published through the Stanford University Press, and Asian Security.

Dr.Downey has completed two research trips to Bangladesh, volunteered with the International Republican Institute on democratization projects and acted as an election observer in the 2005 Faridpur District elections. His dissertation, "Religious Reform and Peasant Activism in Bengal: Agrarian Society and the Trajectory of the Fara’izi Movement 1820 - 1947,” addresses the intersection of Islamic religious reform and peasant strategies for evading elite pressures.

"Sequenced Reforms as a Response to Governance Challenges in Bangladesh,” in Asian Affairs (Bangladesh), vol. 29, no. 2 (April - June 2007). pp. 40-59.

American Institute of Bangladesh Studies Junior Fellow – Fall Semester 2005.
National Security Education Program Boren Fellowship – Academic year 2004 - 2005.
FLAS Title VI grant for Hindi/Urdu – Academic year 1995-1996, University of Wisconsin.
FLAS Title VI grant for Farsi – Summer 1995, University of Michigan.
FLAS Title VI grant for Bengali – Summer 1990, University of Washington.
Four-year fellowship – Fall 1990 forward, University of Chicago.