Dr. Hoda Mahmoudi holds the Bahá’í Chair for World Peace at the University
of Maryland. The Chair is an endowed academic program that
advances interdisciplinary examination and discourse on global peace.
Professor Mahmoudi has served in this position since July 2012.
As the Bahá’í Chair professor, Dr. Mahmoudi develops a sound scientific
basis for knowledge and strategies that explore the role of social
actors and structures in removing obstacles to peace and creating
paths to a better world. In pursuit of this goal, she collaborates with a
wide range of scholars, researchers, and practitioners. In particular,
Professor Mahmoudi advocates a broad concept of peacemaking that
draws insights from all cultures.
Before joining the University of Maryland faculty, Professor Mahmoudi
held positions as the head of the Research Department at the Bahá’í
World Centre in Haifa, Israel, the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
at Northeastern Illinois University, and Vice President and Dean of