About Rashed Chowdhury

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I am a PhD student in history at McGill University in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

I was born into a Bangladeshi-Belarusian family in Minsk, Belarus, and moved to Bangladesh with my parents when I was two years old. I spent much of my childhood in Dhaka, often visiting Belarus in the summer. When I was twelve, my family moved to Kuwait, where I stayed until the end of high school.
 
I did my BA in international relations at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, in the US, where I met my wife, Katie, whom I married in June 2005.
 
After graduating in 2003, I worked for a year at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a think-tank located in Washington, D.C., before moving to Montréal to begin my graduate studies.
 
I got an MA in Islamic studies from McGill in 2007, and am currently researching the history of the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century. I also have an interest in world history, in particular Indian Ocean World history, as well as the modern politics, history and cultures of the Middle East, South Asia and Central & Eastern Europe.
 
Outside the academic world, I enjoy reading, travel, music, tea, cooking, movies, philately and learning new languages. 
 
You can contact me at chowdhuryrashed [at] gmail.com.
 
This page was last updated on 24 May 2008.