Political Science and Public Administration (POL/PAD) 

The Political Science and Public Administration major offers courses that introduce students to both the intellectual content and research methods of political inquiry. The Political Science and Public Administration degree is composed of a diverse curriculum in the disciplinary sub-fields of International Relations, Comparative Politics and Afghanistan Government and Politics as well as an overview of Public Administration which is designed to prepare students to understand and assess politics. Elective courses in allied disciplines including Anthropology, Sociology, History, English, Economics and Legal Studies will enable students to analyze political concepts and issues from the prism of related fields.


Mission Statement of POL/PAD major

The Political Science and Public Administration major is dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts tradition. Consistent with the overall mission of the American University of Afghanistan, the major strives to impart to students intellectual curiosity and the tools to assess and analyze complex problems.


Degree Statement

The Political Science and Public Administration major provides students with the following degree options:

Bachelor of Arts (BA) with a major in Political Science and Public Administration

Bachelor of Arts Program Description:

The Division of Social Sciences and Humanities offers multidisciplinary subjects in Political Science and Public Administration to build pertinent knowledge and skill set for a career in. The political science and public administration major focuses on outcome-based curriculum development and student-oriented knowledge and skills in Comparative Public Administration, Public Sector Reform in Developing Countries, Public Policy Analysis, Political Analysis and Political Theory. The major also covers subfields of International Relations, Social Research Methods, Comparative Politics and Afghanistan Government and Politics. Elective courses in allied disciplines including Anthropology, Sociology, History, English, Economics and Legal Studies will enable students to analyze political concepts and issues from the prism of related fields. Students need to complete their general education requirements before moving on to 300 and 400 level POL and PAD courses.

Department Faculty
  • Victoria Fontan, Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies

     Comes to AUAF from the Bioforce Institute, in Lyon, France, where she was coordinating the establishment of the Humanitarian Passport (HPass) for the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, a subsidiary of Save the Children UK. Past teaching appointments at American University Duhok (Kurdistan, Iraq); Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia); United Nations University for Peace (Costa Rica);  Salahaddin University (Iraq);  Columbia University (USA);  Colgate University (USA);  Sabanci University (Turkey); University of Deusto (Spain/Basque Country); University of Limerick (Republic of Ireland); European Peace University (Austria);  American University of Beirut (Lebanon). Author of three books and numerous publications. Has contributed many invited seminars&  lectures, conference presentations and media appearances. Recipient of numerous professional distinctions, awards and fellowships.

  • Dr. Omar Sharifi, Assistant Professor of Humanities
  • 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, https://aiss.af/assets/aiss_publication/Political_Settlement_of_the_Afghanistan_Conflict(English).pdf

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


    LinkedIn Profile URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/omar-sadr-a9411545/

  • Mohammad Bashir Mobasher , Assistant Professor of Political Science

     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
  • Muska Dastageer, Instructor of Gender, Peace, and Security Studies
  • Nadeem Nooristani, Instructor of Public Administration & 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

    LinkedIn Profile URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nadeem-nooristani-94267519/

  • Department Faculty
  • Ajmal Burhanzoi, Adjunct Instructor of Political Science
  • Kaweh Kerami, Adjunct Instructor of Political Science

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