Aisha Ahmad

Aisha Ahmad

Assistant Professor
Highland Hall -HL558
(416) 287-7321


Aisha Ahmad completed her PhD from McGill University in 2013, and is a former fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is currently a Senior Fellow at Massey College, and the Co-Director of the Islam and Global Affairs Initiative and a Senior Researcher of the Global Justice Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs. She is the author of Jihad & Co.: Black Markets and Islamist Power (Oxford University Press, 2017).

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Research Interests: 

  • International Security
  • Terrorism
  • Political economy of civil war
  • Political Islam
  • International Relations
  • South Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East

Awards and Grants: 

2016-2020    Norwegian Research Council, Jihadist War Economies Project

2017               Best Security Article Award, International Studies Association

2014               Connaught New Researcher Award, Elite Targeting and Network Fragmentation in Islamic Insurgencies


Scholarly Books:

Aisha Ahmad, Jihad & Co.: Black Markets and Islamist Power, New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Journals Articles:

Aisha Ahmad “Canadian Values and the Muslim World” in International Journal: Canada’s Journal of Global Policy Analysis Vol. 72, No. 2 (Summer 2017)

Aisha Ahmad, “Going Global: Islamist Competition in Contemporary Civil Wars,” Security Studies, (Spring 2016), Vol. 25(2), pp. 353-384.

Aisha Ahmad, "The Security Bazaar: Business Interests and Islamist Power in Civil War Somalia," International Security, Vol. 39, No. 3 (Winter 2014/15), pp. 89-117. Winner of 2017 Best Security Article Award by the International Studies Association.

Aisha Ahmad, “Agenda for Peace or Budget for War? Evaluating the Economic Impact of International Intervention in Somalia” in International Journal, Vol. 67, No. 2 (Spring 2012) pp. 313-331

Book Chapters:

Aisha Ahmad, “Canada in Somalia: Learning from the Legacy of Failed Intervention” in Canada Among Nations (Centre for International Governance Innovation: Waterloo, ON), 2015.

Selected Conference Papers:
Aisha Ahmad, “Women as the War Front: Islam, Jihad, and the Politics of Intervention,” Canadian Political Science Association, Calgary, AB, June 2016.

Aisha Ahmad, “Female Bodies as the War Front in Jihadist Competitions,” International Studies Association, Atlanta, GA, March 2016.

Aisha Ahmad, “The Logic of Perpetual Crisis: State Weakness in International Politics,” International Studies Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, February 2015.

Aisha Ahmad “Financing Failure: International Interventions as Resource Curse in Conflict and Post-Conflict States” American Political Science Association: Chicago, MI, August 2013

Teaching Interests: 

  • POLB80H3 - Introduction to International Relations
  • POLC09H3 - International Security: Crisis, Conflict, and War
  • POLC80H3 - International Relations of Africa
  • POLD09H3 - International Relations of Ethnic Conflict