Omar Sultan Haque investigates questions at the intersections of psychiatry, social science, philosophy, and religion. He is co-Director of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, American Unit.
He graduated from Brown University (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi), with a Sc.B. in Neuroscience, an A.B. in Religious Studies (with honors), where he received the President James Manning Medal and Harvey A. Baker Award for academic excellence, and a Ph.D. in Culture and Cognition. He received an M.T.S. in Philosophy of Religion from Harvard Divinity School, and an M.D. (with honors) from Harvard Medical School with scholarly concentration Medical Ethics, where he was a member of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Society and was awarded the Michael Crichton Fellowship in Medical Anthropology, the Louis E. Kirstein Fellowship, the Donald J. Cohen Fellowship in Child Psychiatry, and the Richard C. Cabot Prize in the History of Medicine. He pursued postdoctoral research in the Department of Psychology at Harvard in the laboratory of Steven Pinker, and clinical training in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University, where he received the first place prize for residents at Mind/Brain Research Day.
At Harvard and Brown, he has taught in the Departments of Biology, Neuroscience, Psychology, Anthropology, Political Science, and Religion, and five times received a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard.
Dr. Haque's work has been presented at the Association for Psychological Science (APS), Society for Philosophy and Psychology (SPP), American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL), Cognitive Science Society (CSS), Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (BPSI), Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES), International Academy of Law and Mental Health (IALMH), The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and, among others, at Brown University, Dartmouth University, Harvard University, Oxford University, and Yale University.
He has been supported by a number of awards, grants and fellowships, including from Americorps, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Nancy Lurie Marks Foundation, Tylenol Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Harvard Pluralism Project, Harvard Mind/Brain/Behavior Interfaculty Initiative, John Templeton Foundation, and USA Today.
Dr. Haque's work has been published in top scholarly journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the American Journal of Psychiatry, and in popular outlets, including The New Republic, Scientific American, and Wired Magazine.
His work has been covered in a number of international media venues, including ABC News, Atlantic Monthly, BBC, Boston Globe, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Harvard Gazette, Harvard Magazine, Los Angeles Times, NPR, Psychology Today, Pacific Standard, Science Magazine, and the Washington Post.