Umer Rahman holds a Bachelors of Arts (Phi Beta Kappa – Summa Cum Laude) in International Relations and Geography and Master's of Arts in Asian Studies from FIU. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in International Relations at FIU with a focus on Modern South Asian history and historiography; security studies, postcolonial theory and trans-cultural studies. His primary research emphasis is on Pakistan and the multiplicity of identities and narratives of existence in modern times. Umer has taught undergraduate courses at FIU’s Honors College where he was inducted as a fellow in 2014. He has also taught courses through Asian Studies Program and Politics and International Relation (PID) Department.
As an FIU Administrator, Umer is leading the implementation of FIU’s workforce development initiative, Urban Potential Labs (UP Labs). This program prepares underemployed, non-BA residents for middle-skills careers in high demanding industries. The idea is to bring together industry partners with FIU’s dynamic pool of faculty and cross-units collaboration and provide ‘just in time’ workforce (South Florida residents) for ever changing job market.