Social Sciences and Humanities Division 


The Social Science and Humanities Division provides a broad foundation for thinking, learning and communication which draws on disciplines within Political Sciences, Public Administration, as well as English and Humanities. This program develops invididual and communitiy citizenry, critical thinking, analytical skills, an ability to synthesize and draw conclusions from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives that cultivate the peaceful development of the country, its everyday leaders and professionals. 

Social Sciences and Humanities faculty
  • Dr. Christine Murray, Chair of the Division of Social Sciences and Humanities and Assistant Professor of Humanities

    Ph.D. English: History of Rhetoric/Literature in English, University of Texas at Arlington 

    M.A. English Literature, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ USA

    B.A. English Literature, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY USA

    Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts, Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ USA 

    I have taught university courses in the US and in several other international settings.  The courses include Rhetoric/History of Rhetoric in Ancient Greece and Rome; Literature (World, American, and specific genres: Poetry, Short Fiction, Creative Non-fiction); Creative Writing (poetry, short story); Philosophy; Literature and Philosophy; and Pedagogy: the teaching of college Literature and Writing, including Technical Writing.  I am glad to have been teaching at AUAF since August 16, 2016. In other academic work, I have also administered writing centers in the US and internationally (UTArlington, and Beijing, China), training tutors in best practices to guide student writers.  Also, I’ve trained and mentored groups of graduate teaching assistants to teach literature and college writing, and have designed university composition program curricula. I love my work, especially teaching and guiding students through this kind of advanced literacy learning.

  • Dr. Gillian Piggott, Associate Professor of English
  • Angela Miller, Assistant Professor of English

    Angela Miller began her career with the British Council in Muscat, Oman as an English language instructor and trainer. She became the Director of Young Learners program and worked as a teacher trainer for the Ministry of Education. On moving to Damascus, Syria she became Senior Teacher/Trainer with the British Council, in addition to being an IELTS examiner.

    In 2011 she joined the Foundation Studies program at The American University of Afghanistan, later moving to the Undergraduate program as Assistant Professor in the Department of English and the Humanities.

    Fields of teaching expertise: GEO 101 Introduction to Geography, HUM 230 Human Geography. Research interests; Oceanography, Glaciology and Climatology. Thesis ‘A Comparative Study on the Influence of Rock Type on the Morphology of Shore Platforms.’

    Academic Reading and Writing, ENG 099, ENG 101, ENG 110, ENG 120 Public Speaking

  • Mathew R. Dallaway, Assistant Professor of English

    Mathew Dallaway has an MA in Applied Linguistics from The University of Waikato, New Zealand. He has taught language learners and language teachers at all levels in New Zealand and Italy. His university experience also encompasses Bahrain University and The University of Sharjah. He has experience in translation, working with psychology researchers at La Sapienza University in Rome.

    Specializations: Academic Writing, Technical Writing, Public Speaking, Business Communication.

    His interests also include assessment and the learning of vocabulary.

  • Dr. Michael Barry, Distinguished Professor
  • Mr. Christopher Henderson, Associate Professor of English
  • Dr. John Wall, Associate Professor of English and Literature
  • Ian James Reynolds, Assistant Professor of English
  • Robert Curr, Assistant Professor of English and Composition
    BA-Middlebury College, USA
    MATESOL-Sheffield Hallam University, UK
    Currently working on Doctor of Education in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
    Specializations: Managing the transitions in academic writing from high school to university, How "accent acclimation" can improve academic listening ability
  • Dr. Kristin Ferebee, Assistant Professor of English and Humanities
    Ph.D. English, 2019, The Ohio State University
    MFA Creative Writing, 2014, The Ohio State University
    B.A. Liberal Arts, 2009, Sarah Lawrence College

    Specialization: Environmental Humanities, Critical Theory, Media Studies, Posthumanism, Disability Studies

    Recent Publications (include Google Scholar): 
    "Ecstatic Others: Transcendent Mutant Bodies in Milligan and Allred's X-Statix" (in Studies in the Humanities, not currently digitized.)
  • Dr. Dale Walker, Assistant Professor of English and Humanities


    PhD in Philosophy, University of Wales, United Kingdom

    MA in Humanities, California State University, United States

    LLM in International Human Rights Law, University of Leicester, United Kingdom


    Specialization: Moral and Political Philosophy, Human Rights Law

  • Dr. Omar Sharifi, Assistant Professor of Humanities
  • Nadeem Nooristani, Instructor of Politics Science & POL/PAD Department Coordinator


    Master of Public Administration (MPA), 2014, Ball State University, USA

    Bachelor of Science (BSc), Economics & International Studies, 2013, Ball State University, USA


    Bachelor of Arts (BA), Economics, 2009, Aligarh Muslim University, India


    Specialization: Public Administration


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  • Dr. Omar Sadr, Assistant Professor of Political Science


    Doctorate in Politics and International Relations, 2018, South Asian University (SAU), India

    Masters in Politics and International Relations (MA), 2013, South Asian University (SAU), India

    Bachelor’s in Political Science (BA), 2009, Kabul University, Afghanistan


    Specialization: Political Theory, Multicultural ism, Governance of Cultural Diversity, Democracy and Statebuilding in Afghanistan


    Recent Publications:


    Negotiating Cultural Diversity in Afghanistan, London: Routledge, 2020 (9781003000457)



    ‘Political Settlement of Afghanistan Conflict: Divergent Models’, Kabul: Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS), 2019,

    ‘The Fallacy of Peace Process in Afghanistan: The People’s Perspectives’, Kabul: Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS), 2018,’s_Perspectives_(English).pdf


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  • Muska Dastageer, Instructor of Gender, Peace and Security Studies
  • Dr. Mohammad Bashir Mobasher, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration


    Dr. M. Bashir Mobasher is an assistant professor at American University of Afghanistan, department of political science and public administration since August of 2018. He has also worked as a legal advisor for the Afghanistan Rule of Law Stabilization project funded by USAID and Legal Education Support Program-Afghanistan (LESPA) supported by University of Washington and INL.


    Dr. Mobasher obtained a B.A. (2007) from the School of Law and Political Science at Kabul University, and his LLM (2010) and PhD (2017) from the University of Washington School of Law. Dr. Mobasher founded and managed the Afghan Law Students’ Association.


    Research interests and PhD supervision


    • Electoral Designs and Party Systems
    • Constitutional Engineering in Divided Societies
    • Ethnic Politics and Conflicts
    • The Dynamics of Human Rights and Communal Rights


    Selected publications


    • Understanding Ethnic-Electoral Dynamics: How Ethnic Politics Affect Electoral Laws and Election Outcomes in Afghanistan, 51 Gonzaga Law Review 355 (2016).
    • Electoral Choices, Ethnic Accommodations, and the Consolidation of Coalitions: Critiquing the Runoff Clause of The Afghan Constitution, 6 Washington International Law Journal 413 (2017)
    • Identity Cards & Identity Conflicts: A Cross-National Analysis of ID Cards and the Lessons for Afghanistan, Indian Law Review (2018)




    • Comparative electoral systems,
    • History of Afghanistan,
    • Introduction to Political Science, and
    • Electoral Systems, Party Systems, and Ethnic Accommodation
  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Kaweh Kerami, Adjunct Instructor of Political Science
  • Ajmal Burhanzoi, Instructor of Political Science
  • Tutor
  • Hamidullah Hamidy, Writing Center Tutor

    BA, English Language and Literature, Kabul University, Kabul Afghanistan  

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