Afghan scholar finds refuge at Yeshiva University

Afghan scholar finds refuge at Yeshiva University

Distinguished scholar Mariam Ahmady has fled Taliban rule in her home country of Afghanistan and found refuge as a visiting professor teaching classes at Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University in New York. A long-time psychology professor at Kabul University — until the Taliban imposed harsh restrictions on women attending and teaching at institutions of higher education — Prof. Ahmady arrived in New York in early November after an arduous departure from Afghanistan.

Prof. Ahmady’s expertise includes special needs, addiction, adolescent psychology, and educational psychology.

“We are honored and delighted to welcome Prof. Ahmady to Yeshiva University,” said Dr. Selma Botman, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “She is a scholar and a talented educator, and we are eager for our students and faculty to get to know her and to benefit from her deep knowledge and expertise.”

Prof. Ahmady’s arrival at Yeshiva University aligns with YU’s Core Torah Values to support each individual’s right to be free from oppression and its commitment to acting with compassion.

At Kabul University, Prof. Ahmady was chair of the Counseling Psychology Department, Psychology, and Educational Sciences. In addition, she worked with USAID on a number of projects, presented at numerous international conferences, and published the results of her research.

Her teaching fellowship at YU has been generously funded by private donors who have chosen to remain anonymous.

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