Associate Professor Ahmar Mahboob
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Associate Professor Ahmar Mahboob

BA Karachi, MA Karachi, MA Indiana, MEd Sydney, PhD Indiana
Degree Coordinator, Master of Crosscultural and Applied Linguistics
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Associate Professor Ahmar Mahboob

Dr Ahmar Mahboob earned his PhD at Indiana University, Bloomington, in 2003. The title of his dissertation was: Status of nonnative English speakers as ESL teachers in the United States. Ahmar is keenly interested in the application of language sciences to developmental issues. His primary research interest is on an examination of policies, practices, and implications of language variation in local and global contexts. In pursuing this goal, Ahmar draws from and contributes to a range of linguistics and applied linguistics traditions, theories, and methodologies.
In 2019, Dr Mahboob was named as Australia's Research Field Leader: English Language and Literature in The Australian’s Research magazine.

  • 2014 - 2017, Editor of TESOL Quarterly
  • 2013 - 2014, Associate Editor of TESOL Quarterly
  • 2009 - 2013, Associate Editor of Linguistics and the Human Sciences
  • 2012, Fellow of the National Talent Pool; President's Programme for Highly Qualified Overseas Pakistanis, Government of Pakistan
  • 2006, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Award, University of Sydney
  • 2005, Teaching Initiative Award, University of Sydney
  • 2005, Fellow of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities
  • 2004, ECU Research and Creativity Award
  • 2002, 'Distinguished President Award' INTESOL, Indianapolis
Project titleResearch student
Australia's National Tobacco through the lens of Positive Discourse AnalysisAurelie MALLET

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Selected Grants


  • SLATE-Q: Scaffolding Literacy in Academic and Tertiary Environments: The Case of Communication in Information Systems, Pessoa S, Liginlal D, Mansar S, Hagan S, Miller R, Mahboob A, Qatar National Research Fund/Research Support


  • Power and Accountability Network, Enfield N, Bednarek M, Dar-Nimrod I, Goggin G, High H, Hobbins P, Lambourne W, Mahboob A, Martin J, Piper N, West C, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/Faculty Incentive Funding