The Dean is In
Dr. Karim Ismaili is the new dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
The London native last served as associate dean for graduate affairs and research in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Kennesaw State University, and said there were several reasons that brought him to BSU. Chief among these are the opportunity to build a graduate school upon an already strong foundation, and the institution’s commitment to issues close to his own heart.
These include a student-centered approach, commitment to access and high-quality programs.
“I’m fortunate to work with people with whom I share a vision of what higher education should be,” Dr. Ismaili said.
In his time at Kennesaw State University, he oversaw all graduate programs, research fellowships, visiting scholars, grants and contracts, and graduate academic centers. His previous positions include professorships at Ryerson University in Toronto, where he was the inaugural chair of the department of criminal justice and criminology; St. John’s University in New York City; and Radford University in Virginia.
The new dean brings with him an impressive portfolio of scholarship. His areas of teaching, research and publishing include criminal justice policy and analysis, penology, criminological theory, crime and inequality, and post 9/11 crime and security developments.
Dr. Ismaili emigrated with his family from London to Vancouver, Canada, as a teenager. After completing his B.A. in criminology at Simon Fraser University, he returned to England and completed an M.Phil. in criminology at the University of Cambridge. He then went on to study political science at the University of Western Ontario. His doctoral dissertation explored the criminal justice policy-making process and drew on three years of research conducted in the Ministry of the Solicitor General Canada and Department of Justice Canada.
Dr. Ismaili said he’s confident he made the right choice in coming to BSU.
“The feeling of community is palpable here,” he said. “It’s a special place.” (Photo by John Winters)