Helal Mohammed Khan

Anthropology & Peace Studies

Helal Mohammed Khan (anthropology and peace studies) holds M.Sc. degrees in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Leuven (magna cum laude) and in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Edinburgh. A graduate of Defence Services Command and Staff College in Bangladesh, Helal also studied English literature and international relations. He is a former British Chevening scholar and a Flanders Government Master Mind scholar.


Prior to beginning his Ph.D. at the Kroc Institute, Helal served in the Bangladesh Army as an instructor with the infantry, a staff officer with the border guards, and a peacekeeper with the United Nations in Congo. He has published in peer‑reviewed journals in Asia and Europe, and contributed a chapter in Conflict in Myanmar: War, Politics, Religion edited at the Australian National University (2016).


Helal is poised to study the Rohingya in Southeast Asia beyond the common themes of persecution and focusing on hope, positivity, and host-migrant interactional triviality. He is a Notre Dame University Presidential Fellow.