M. Jamil Hanifi, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, The University of Michigan-Dearborn and Michigan State University, since 1990 was born in Sorkhab, Logar Province, Afghanistan. Hanifi has a Ph.D. in Anthropology, and M.A in Political Science and a B.Sc. in Social Science.
He has comprehensive reading, speaking, and writing fluency in Farsi, Paxtu (native languages), Tajiki (in Cyrillic). Good reading ability in Arabic, Russian, and Urdu. Hanifi's interests include socio-cultural anthropology. Ethnology and the history of the Middle East, Central and South Asia (especially Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan), Islamic Philippines, North America.
Member, Advisory Board, Afghanistan Digital Library, New York University, 2003-present.
Adjunct Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University, 1990-present.
Associate Member, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago, 1987-present.
Member, American Anthropological Association, 1967-present.
Fellow, Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, 1970-present.
Member, Middle Eastern Studies Association of North America, 1982-present.
Member, Society for Iranian Studies, 1996-present
President, Afghanistan Studies Association in the United States, 1975.
Over the last three decades he has organized, participated in and/or have presented approximately twenty five professional symposia, panels, and sessions under the auspices of the Afghanistan Studies Association (USA), American Anthropological Association, Association for Asian Studies, Middle East Studies Association, Mindanao State University (Philippines), Society for Iranian Studies, USSR Academy of Sciences (Moscow), Tajik-SSR Academy of Sciences (Dushanbe), University of Chicago, University of Illinois-Urbana, University of Montreal, Western Kentucky University, Northern Illinois University, University of Nebraska-Omaha, University of the Philippines, University of Peshawar (Pakistan), University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Michigan, Michigan State University.