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Representing the Remarkable Lives and Achievements of
Scholar Rescue Fund Scholars in the Last Ten Years
Dr. Shemeem Burney Abbas applied to the Scholar Rescue Fund after Islamic clerics at her university
in Pakistan brought charges against her that included blasphemy, an offense punishable by death. Now
an associate professor at SUNY Purchase, she is an award-winning author who teaches across disciplinary boundaries, including political science, women's studies, literature, and creative writing, with a research focus on women's rituals in Islamic societies.
Dr. Paul Ndebele is a Zimbabwean scholar of psychology with a research focus on bioethics who is
currently at the Henry Jackson Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland. Unable to work effectively amid the
deteriorating political and economic environment in Zimbabwe, Dr. Ndebele received fellowship support to participate in a bioethics program at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.
Dr. Maimul Ahsan Khan is a law professor in Bangladesh with expertise in human rights and Islamic
legal issues who refused to remain silent when he observed political interference in his country’s higher
education sector. He was one of the Scholar Rescue Fund’s ﬁrst fellows and spent two years on fellowship at the University of California, Davis.
Professor Mehrangiz Kar is a human rights lawyer and an internationally recognized writer from Iran
who advocates for the defense of women’s and human rights throughout the Islamic world. Her work
led to her arrest and imprisonment in Iran and ultimately to her exile from her home country. Now a
visiting professor at Brown University, she spent her fellowship at Harvard University.
Professor Daniel Coronell, a professor and renowned journalist from Colombia, received death threats
for his reports linking Colombian drug trafﬁckers, local self-defense forces, and government ofﬁcials.
His fellowship allowed him to pursue research on the origins of political violence in Colombia at the
University of California, Berkeley. Now Senior Vice President and Executive News Director at
Univision, he continues to report and research in the United States.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Scholar Rescue Fund Report: The Rescue of Science and Learning
Messages and Reflections
History of Rescue
At a Glance
Iraq Scholar Rescue Project
Impact on Host Campuses
Scholars at Work
IIE Scholar Rescue Fund Report: The Rescue of Science and Learning