Ali Riaz is a Distinguished Professor of political science at Illinois State University (ISU) and a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council. Dr. Riaz held various positions at ISU including University Professor and Thomas E Eimmerman Professorship. He was the chair of the Department of Politics and Government between 2007 and 2017. He previously taught at universities in Bangladesh, England and South Carolina, and worked as a Broadcast Journalist at the BBC World Service in London. Riaz served as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at Washington D.C. in 2013, and as a consultant to various international organizations. His recent publications include Trials & Tribulations: Politics, Economy and Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh (2023). Prothoma has published several books by Dr. Riaz including ভয়ের সংস্কৃতি (২০২২), নিখোঁজ গণতন্ত্র (২০২১), Lived Islam and Islamism in Bangladesh (2017), How Did We Arrive Here? (2015).