M. B. "Bob" Karim, Ph.D.
Karim received his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International
Studies (GSIS), University of Denver, Colorado. He also obtained an M.A. in International Studies from GSIS and an M.A. in
geography from Western Illinois University. Dr. Karim's research and fieldwork experience extends through a period of over twenty years. He worked for various international, governmental, and
private research institutions as well as an international law firm.
Dr. Karim taught courses on international relations, comparative politics of Asia and the
Third World, and world regional geography at college and university levels. He was a recipient of the Shell International Studies Research
Fellowship for overseas doctoral research awarded by the Shell Companies Foundation, Inc., Washington, D.C.
Dr. Karim's publications include three
scholarly books. His articles and book
reviews have been published in a number of national and international journals. He
presented numerous papers at various national and international
seminars and conferences.
Dr. Karim received the Presidential Award from the Association of Third World Studies, Inc. (ATWS) in
recognition of his outstanding contributions to the promotion of scholarship devoted to the Third World. ATWS is the largest
professional organization in the world devoted to the study of developing countries. Dr. Karim is a life member of the
association, and was the first Web Master of the association’s web site. Previously, he had been members of International Studies
Association, Society for International Development, Association of American Geographers, American Political Science Association,
and Association for Asian Studies.
Dr. Karim is the owner/president of Asian American Net, which is the first
and only web site whose mission is to serve all Asian American communities and to promote and strengthen cultural, educational,
and commercial ties between Asia and North America. It is a unique web site in the sense that it endeavors to highlight and
promote all the different Asian cultures and peoples as well as the Asian Americans originally from all these countries. Dr.
Karim also created and now administers the Asian communities page on the Facebook.
A number of publications in the U.S. and England have published Dr. Karim’s biography, which include Marquis Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the Midwest,
and Men of Achievement, International Who's Who of Intellectuals, 2000 Notable American Men and International Who's Who of Contemporary Achievement.
Besides reading, his hobbies include web site design, photography and traveling.
His memorable overseas trips have been to China, Norway, Brazil, South Africa, Botswana, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands.
He retired from an international law firm in
Chicago in 2010 and currently lives
in a retirement community in Florida.