Dr. Mehtab S. Karim is a Research Professor in the School of Public Policy and coordinator of US State Department funded partnership program between GMU and the University of Karachi in Pakistan. He is also Distinguished Senior Fellow in Center for Social Science Research at GMU where he is conducting research on South Asian Diaspora in USA. He was a Senior Research Fellow at Pew Research Center, Washington DC (2008-10) and Professor of Demography and Head of Population & Reproductive Health Program at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan during 2000-08. His earlier appointments include; Senior Research Fellow, at the Office of Population Research, Princeton University; Research Fellow, at Asia Research Center, London School of Economics, UK; Senior Associate, School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University; Technical Adviser/Consultant, the World Bank, Washington DC; Visiting Scientist, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD and Research Fellow, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii. On various occasions he was also a consultant to United Nations Population Fund New York. During the 2012-13 academic year, at the invitation of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, he was a Foreign Professor in the faculty of Social Sciences at Qaid-e-Azam University Islamabad and faculty of Business and Management Sciences, University of Karachi. In 2012 he was appointed as a member of the Governing Council of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics and member advisory committee, Department of Sociology, Aligarh Muslim University, India. He is also a visiting professor in the faculty of Arts at the University of Karachi and is advising the Dean on setting up a Social Science Research Centre.
Professor Karim has conducted research on population, social and economic development and health issues in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. During the past decade, he conducted extensive research on demographic issues in Muslim-majority countries. His current research interests include, South Asian Diaspora in the United States; Youth in Cities of Pakistan and “Attitudes, aspirations and entrepreneurship potentials among youth in cities of Pakistan” and “Population and development issues in South Asia”. He has published more than 60 research articles and book chapters and edited six volumes of international conference proceedings. His other major publications include,The Future of the Global Muslim Population (with Brian Grim, Pew Research Center, Washington DC); Islam, the State and Population (with Gavin Jones, Hearst & Co, London) and; Migration in Pakistan: Theories and Facts (with Frits Selier, Vanguard Books, . Lahore).
He completed his BA (Honors) in Sociology & Economics from the University of Karachi, Pakistan, earned MA in Social Science from the University of Chicago and PhD in Sociology/Demography from Cornell University.