abm_nasirABM Nasir is an associate professor of Economics at North Carolina Central University, USA. He earned his Ph D in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2001. Dr Nasir has also been working as a visiting faculty at the economics department of North South University in Dhaka, Bangladesh since 2005. He has written extensively on the issues relating to economics and politics. Nasir has been published in such journals as Economic Letters, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Review of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Surveys and International Journal of Applied Economics. He has worked for a number of various institutions including Harvard University, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Kean University, the American Economic Association and South Economic Association. Dr Nasir also worked as a consultant at the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC and at the Planning Commission of Bangladesh, served as campus director for the North Carolina Centre for South Asia Studies and as general secretary of the Association for Economic and Development Studies on Bangladesh. In addition to his role as an academician, Dr Nasir has been actively involved with the political and cultural movements of Bangladesh since the early 1980s. During 1980s, he played a very active role in the democratic movement in Bangladesh. He has also been playing a crucial role in building up international coalition in support for the trial of war crimes of 1971. He is currently the coordinator of the Shompriti Forum, a global coalition for human rights, freedom and knowledge.