The Bahá'í Chair for World Peace is pleased to welcome Dr. Janet Khan, a visiting research scholar from Australia. From 1983 until 2010 Dr. Khan served in the Research Department at the International Headquarters of the Bahá'í Faith in Haifa, Israel. Her research interests include gender issues, the role of women in religion, and aspects of social change and the evolution of the Bahá’í system of governance.
From 1976-1983, Dr. Khan directed the program in counseling psychology at the University of Queensland, in Brisbane, Australia. Prior to this appointment she worked for six years as a counselor and program specialist at the University of Michigan’s Center for the Continuing Education of Women in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She earned a PhD in Education (Counseling) from the University of Michigan in 1970 and a BA in Psychology from Sydney University in Sydney, Australia, in 1961.
Dr. Khan’s books include, Heritage of Light, The Spiritual Destiny of America, published in 2009, Prophet’s Daughter, The Life and Legacy of Bahíyyih Khánum, Outstanding Heroine of the Bahá’í Faith, published in 2005 and in German translation in 2007, and Advancement of Women, A Bahá’í Perspective, which was co-authored with her husband, Peter J. Khan, in 2003. The latter work has been translated into German and Spanish.
Other recent publications include a number of articles on women’s issues and processes of community development that appeared as chapters in the following books: The Greatness Which Might Be Theirs (New York: Bahá’í International Community, 1995), published in connection with the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China; W.W. Gasparski et al., (eds) Social Agency, Dilemmas and Education Praxiology: The International Annual of Practical Philosophy and Methodology, Volume 4 (New Brunswick, U.S.A.: Transaction Publishers, 1996); and Azza Karam (ed.), A Woman’s Place, Religious Women as Public Actors (New York: World Conference on Religion and Peace, Women’s Program, 2001). In addition an article entitled “Research Note: Louise Dixon Boyle and Maria Montessori,” appeared in The Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol 16, number 1/4 (March-December 2006), pp, 61-87.