Haroon K. Ullah is a scholar, diplomat, and field researcher specializing in South Asia and the Middle East. Haroon grew up in a farming community in Washington State and was trained at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he served as a senior Belfer fellow and completed his MPA.
Haroon has a PhD in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of Michigan and was a William J. Fulbright fellow, a Harvard University presidential scholar, a National Security Education Program fellow, and a Woodrow Wilson Public Service fellow. He is also the author of Vying for Allah's Vote (Georgetown University Press, 2013).
His recent book, The Bargain From the Bazaar: A Family's Day of Reckoning, published in March 2014 by PublicAffairs, has received widespread praise and acclaim, including from the New York Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones, Seattle Times, NPR and Publisher's Weekly. Haroon currently serves on Secretary Kerry's Policy Planning Staff at the US State Department, focusing on public diplomacy, strategic policy and countering violent extremism.
Industry Expertise (9)
Areas of Expertise (10)
U.S. William J. Fullbright Award for International Affairs (professional)
Prestigious congressionally mandated award to explore civil society and governance reforms in North Africa and Morocco.
Harvard University President Scholarship (professional)
Awarded by Harvard University
Term Member of Council on Foreign Relations (professional)
Program for promising leaders in government, media, nongovernmental organizations, law, business, finance, and academia to engage in a sustained conversation on international affairs and U.S. foreign policy.
University of Michigan: PhD, Comparative Politics and Public Policy 2008
Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government: Master's Degree, Public Administration in International Development 2002
Whitman College: B.A., Politics 1999
- U.S. Department of State
- Harvard University
- Council of Foreign Relations
Media Appearances (15)
Being Middle Class in Pakistan
Middle class life in Pakistan isn’t that different from middle class life in the United States, says Haroon Ullah. Or at least, he hopes you’ll come away with that message after reading his new book, “The Bargain at the Bazaar: A family’s day of reckoning in Lahore.”
The book follows the Reza family and their three sons as they attempt to maintain normalcy in an increasingly tense environment.
Vying for Allah's Vote: Understanding Islamic Parties, Political Violence, and Extremism in Pakistan
The Heritage Foundation online
Speaking event hosted by the Heritage Foundation
Why Haroon Ullah Is Optmistic About Pakistan's Future
Steve Scher talks with U.S. diplomat and Seattle native Haroon Ullah about his book “The Bargain from the Bazaar: A Family’s Day of Reckoning in Lahore."
A Day In The Life Of An Average Pakistani
Haroon Ullah knows the pace and color of daily life in Pakistan and the delicate balance between secular and religious culture. On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with him about the struggles of an ordinary middle-class family just trying to live life in a region that's seen constant upheaval.
Islam and Politics in Pakistan
Panelists talked about the rise of Islamic political parties in Pakistan, and U.S.-Pakistan relations. Notable speakers included former Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani.
Islamists in Government: Do They Moderate Once in Power?
The Washington Institute online
A senior State Department advisor and two Washington Institute scholars discuss what lessons can -- and cannot -- be drawn from the Islamist political experience in Egypt, Pakistan, Morocco, and other countries.
Instant Issues Luncheon
World Affairs Council & Critical Connections online
The World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts joined with Critical Connections to present Haroon K. Ullah, an international scholar, US diplomat, and field researcher specializing in South Asia and the Middle East.
Voice of America, "Cafe DC" tv
Interview on Cafe DC
A Shopkeeper, a Terrorist, and a Law Student: Haroon Ullah
The Mimi Geerges Show radio
Interview on the Mimi Geerges Show
Vying for Allah's Vote
Georgetown University Press online
Haroon Ullah discusses his book, Vying for Allah's Vote.
Interview: Haroon K. Ullah
The Diplomat print
Author and State Department official Haroon K. Ullah on how the West should be dealing with Islamic parties.
U.S. State Department diplomat turned author visits the metro
Fox News tv
ANSAS CITY, Mo. — Haroon Ullah is a Harvard graduate, a diplomat working for the U.S. State Department, and now an author. He’s just released a new book called ‘Bargain from the Bazaar,’ in which he details what he experienced and learned after spending eight years in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Dr. Haroon Ullah, U.S. diplomat and author of Vying for Allah’s Vote
World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh radio
The Divine Endorsement? Islam and the Ballot Box
Countering Violent Extremism: A Peacebuilding Lens
Johns Hopkins University - SAIS online
Speakers discuss: Three myths of CVE/peacebuilding programs; Best practices in designing peacebuilding CVE programs in difficult places; The role of the middle class; How international peace building efforts can inform domestic peace building efforts; Violent extremism in the U.S. and peacebuilding efforts across the U.S.; Examples of CVE programming and a case study from Northern Nigeria; Where and how peacebuilding fits in CVE programs and how peacebuilding can inform CVE practice; The risks for peacebuilders engaging in CVE work
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl Featuring Haroon Ullah
Seattle Channel tv
Nancy and Haroon discuss how he came to write The Bargain from the Bazaar and how the family described in the book symbolizes the complexities of modern day Pakistan. He also talks about growing up South Asian just east of the Cascades in Richland, Washington
Event Appearances (5)
Member to Member Lunch with Dr. Haroon Ullah: Rising Political Islam, Causes and Consequences for American Foreign Policy
World Affairs Council of Seattle Seattle, WA
World Affairs Council of Western Mass. and Critical Connections Springfield, MA
Haroon Ullah: Political Violence and Extremism in Pakistan
International Relations Council of Kansas City, Saint Andrew Christian Church Olathe, KS
The Elliot Bay Book Company & Town Hall Seattle Seattle, WA
Politics and Prose Book Store Washington, D.C.
Sample Talks (2)
Divine Endorsement? Islamists, Voting Behavior and Political Violence
A look at the five myths about countering violent extremism and examining new trends in democratization.
A Journey from Small-Town America to the Middle East and South Asia
Exploring the global trends that influence America and its future.