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Fahad Ahmad

Assistant Professor
JOR 814A
416-979-5000 Ext. 544741


Fahad Ahmad, Assistant Professor

Fahad Ahmad is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology at Toronto Metropolitan University. Prior to joining Toronto Metropolitan University, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. He obtained his PhD at the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University. His doctoral research, supported by SSHRC and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, comparatively examined the securitization of Muslim civil society organizations under national security regimes in Canada and the U.K. He is currently preparing a book manuscript based on his dissertation. 

Fahad is an interdisciplinary scholar interested in critical terrorism/radicalization studies; racialized practices of national security policing; civil society and resistance; and justice-oriented approaches to the study of philanthropy. His scholarship is informed by 15 years of work experience in community and nonprofit organizations in Canada and the U.S. He is currently working on the project, “Connecting the dots: Investigating institutional philanthropy’s entanglement with right-wing populism in Canada,” which is supported by grants from SSHRC IDG (where he is co-applicant) and the Faculty of Arts Democracy, Equity, and Justice Grant (where he is PI). He is also a collaborator on the SSHRC Partnership Development Grant project, “Justice philanthropy: An international research-to-practice network.” He is working on an edited book emerging from a conference funded by the SSHRC Connection Grant, "Critical reflections on security, 9/11 and the Canadian settler colony” (where he was co-applicant). He is the co-editor of the book series, Dimensions: Islam, Muslims, and Critical Thought (external link) , at University of Toronto Press. He is also a research affiliate at the Institute of Islamic Studies at University of Toronto where he advises on the Systemic Islamophobia Research Lab (external link) .



University Degree
Carleton University PhD
York University MBA
University of Wisconsin-Madison MS
Aligarh Muslim University BS


Course Code
Course Title
CRM 322 Ethics in Criminal Justice
CRM 204 Intro to Criminal Justice Research and Statistics
CR 8103 Race, Society, and National Security

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Ahmad, F. (Forthcoming). Counter-radicalization, Islamophobia, and the impact on Muslim civil society organizations. In A. Emon (ed.), Systemic Islamophobia Anthology, University of Toronto Press
  • Ahmad, F. (2020). The securitization of Muslim civil society in Canada. In D. M. D. Silva & M. Deflem (eds.), Radicalization and Counter-Radicalization (pp. 115–133), Emerald Publishing Limited

Other Selected Publications