Fahim Quadir standing and smiling.

Fahim Quadir

Vice-Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs

School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs


As Vice-Provost and Dean, Dr. Quadir embraces innovative thinking as the basis for advancing both the long and short-term goals of graduate education at Queen’s University. Building on the university’s long-standing tradition of excellence in teaching and research, he intends to foster a culture of graduate education, enhance the graduate student experience, create new research opportunities for both graduate students and post-doctoral scholars, and revitalize the foundations for student success. He is keenly interested in delivering novel and accountable service to graduate students and post-doctoral researchers and providing oversight to ensure high quality graduate programming, teaching and learning. In partnership with the Principal, Provost, VP Research, Faculty Deans and other academic and administrative units, Dean Quadir seeks to further strengthen Queen’s University’s extensive ‘eco-system’ that fosters globalism, inclusivity and diversity, makes Queen’s a pioneer in entrepreneurship and innovation, and advance a new vision of graduate education that values connectivity, community engagement and critical thinking based on empathy and respect for all.

Prior to joining Queen’s, Dr. Quadir served as Interim Dean and Associate Vice-President Graduate in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at York University, where he was a Professor of Development Studies. From July 2013 to May 2017, he held the position of an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies. He is the founding director of York University’s Graduate Program in Development Studies and its undergraduate program in International Development Studies. Previously, he held academic positions at St. Lawrence University in New York, Queen’s University at Kingston and the University of Chittagong in Bangladesh. He also taught at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Professor Quadir specializes in International Development, International Relations and International Political Economy. He has edited/co-edited five books and published extensively in various international peer reviewed journals relating to South-South cooperation, emerging donors, aid effectiveness, good governance, civil society, democratic consolidation, transnational social movements, human security and regional development.

Dr. Quadir was the recipient of several SSHRC grants, the Fulbright Scholarship, SSHRC and Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships, Killam Memorial Scholarship, and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC, USA) Dissertation and Pre-Dissertation Fellowships. He has supervised numerous graduate students and both designed and taught a large number of graduate and undergraduate courses. In 2007, he was presented with the York University-Wide Teaching Award for teaching excellence from the full-time faculty category.