Faculty Profile

  • M.Phil   University of Oxford  in Social Anthropology, UK

    MSS    Jahangirnagar University, Anthropology, Bangladesh

    BSS    Jahangirnagar University, Anthropology, Bangladesh

Areas of Interest
Anthropology of religion , Islam,  Ethnicity, Social Conflicts

Abantee Harun

Assistant Professor


Abantee Harun began her academic career as a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at Shah Jalal University of Science and Technology. During her eighteen years of experience, she taught anthropology and social sciences in a number of universities including Independent University Bangladesh, BRAC University, University of Dhaka and Jahangirnagar University, working both as a full time lecturer and a guest lecturer. In pursuit of higher studies, she did my MPhil in Social Anthropology from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (ISCA) at the University of Oxford.
In addition to her academic career, she worked as a consultant with the UN and also for a number of international and national organizations. After graduating, she worked in research projects for which she had to travel all over Bangladesh, sometimes to the remotest places. This gave her an invaluable chance to experience daily lives in rural settings. Her experience of working both as a faculty member and researcher gave me an exposure to anthropological literature and extensive fieldwork experience. she has conducted several individual research projects as well as working as a member of a research team. Over this period, she developed proficiency in qualitative and quantitative research tools. As a trained anthropologist, she enjoyed the way I developed skills in communicating with people, learning dialects and understanding the world views of others.

Research & Awards

Research Project 

Co-Principal Reesarcher Political Economy of WASH for WaterAid Bangladesh( May-December 2015) for ERG

World Vision Bangladesh
April to September, 2011
Gender Specialist : Phase evaluation of Nalitabari, Sherpur and Tarash ADPs,

Gender Specialist : Baseline survey for the DIPECHO project titled “A Disaster Resilient Future, Mobilizing Communities and Institutions For Effective Risk Reduction” May to December, 2011

Member of the core research team on behalf of Economic Research Group
Implementation of Policies for Reducing Chronic Poverty

PRS-ODI Country Study: Bangladesh November 2006 –February 2007

Principal Investigator: Hazardous Child Labour in Rural Bangladesh
Save the Children Sweden-Denmark, Bangladesh November,2006- March 2007

Gender Expert : Baseline Survey on Water and Sanitation for New Programme Areas of WaterAid Bangladesh July –August, 2006 , for Unnayan Shamannay

Research Specialist : Appropriated Resources for Improving Street Children’s Environment (ARISE), Project of Department of Social Services, Ministry of Social Welfare, Bangladesh –Funded by UNDP July-December , 2005

Consultant: Health and Nutrition Section, UNICEF-Bangladesh January-June, 2005

Consultant : Political Economy of Violence against Women, Girl Child and Masculinity Research for MANUSHER JANNO,
CARE-Bangladesh, February – April 2005

December 2004 – January 2005.

Consultant  in Evaluation of CHOLEN-SHABGE Pilot Project for CARE Bangladesh,


Principal Researcher

Risk Factors and Best Practices of Learning to Swimming by the Children (4-10 years) of Bangladesh, UNICEF-Bangladesh May – December 2004.


Co-Principal Researcher

Shamoshtik Unnoyone Joutha Shaktir Babohar (Use of Collective Force in People's Development) – Project funded by Research Initiatives Bangladesh (RIB), June 2003 – June 2004.





Harun, Abantee 2005 Gender and Nationalism: Reconstructing Women’s Role in the Liberation War of Bangladesh, Published by Bangladesh Freedom Foundation. ISBN 984 32 2884 7

Tripura.Prashanta and Harun, Abantee 2003 Parbatya Chattagrame JhumChash (Jhum cultivation in Chittagong Hill Tracts)-book Published by SEHD, Bangladesh  ISBN 984 494 021 0

Journal Articles

Death Rituals as Rites of Passages : Anthropological Perspectives published in Journal of Social Studies January –March  issue 149 (published in January 2016)

Nriboigganic Gobeshonai byaktishotta:upasthhiti o bhumikar prashono( Subjectivity in anthropological Research: The Question of presence and the role), Published in the Nrvjana Patrika, Vol-6, 2001 

Bangladesher Gramancholer Nari: Kichhu Byaktigoto Abhiggotoar Aloke (Rural Women of Bangladesh: Reflections of Some Personal Experience) Nrvjana Patrika vol 4, 1999


Harun, Abantee 2007 Japan in Asia or Asia in Japan : An Outsider’s View, published in the program report of South Asian Future Forum 2007 

Jhumchash shamporke netibachak pracharanar upare ekti shamikhha(A Review on the Negative Campaigning on Jhum) - in a compilation by the Applied Anthropology Project of Ford Grant, Department of Anthropology, Jahangirnagar UniversityJhumchash shamporke netibachak pracharanar upare ekti shamikhha(A Re

Conference Proceedings

Presented on Climate Change and Disaster Resilience: Traditional Farming in Rural Bangladesh conference ‘Anthropology and Climate Change’. Held at the British Museum, organized by Royal Anthropology Institute 27-29, May, 2016.

The Universityof Liberal Arts Bangladesh and its curricula are accredited by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh, and approved by the Ministry of Education, Government of People's Republic of Bangladesh.