Dr. Sohail Mahmood got his B.A. (Political Science) from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, US in 1979, his M.A. (International Studies) from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ, US, in 1981, and his Ph.D. with Honors (Political Science), Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, US, 1993. Presently he is the chair and professor, Department of International Relations, National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad. He was previously the professor and head of department of Politics & International Relations, International Islamic University, Islamabad. He has also worked in the Institute of Strategic Studies and Research Analysis, National Defense University, Islamabad, Area Studies Center for Africa, North & South America, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Department of Political Science, University of the Punjab, Lahore, and Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, United States. Sohail was also the Consultant, UNDP/Good Governance Group Project, Government of Pakistan, Planning and Development Division, Islamabad from 1998-1999.
He has authored nine books and monographs. The recent books include: Reform of the Public Services in Pakistan, Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge, New York, US, 2008, Good Governance Reforms Agenda in Pakistan: Current Challenges, Nova Science, New York, US, 2007, The Musharraf regime and the governance crisis: a case study of the Government of Pakistan, Nova Science, New York, US, 2001, Islamic fundamentalist movements in Pakistan, Egypt and Iran (1995).
Sohail has also contributed about twenty book chapters and research articles. Recent ones include: "Hindu extremism, Indian Muslims and the issue of human rights", The Rise of Hindutva Fundamentalism – South Asian Studies, 2003, Islamabad: Institute of Regional Studies, "Current Political Dynamics in Asia: Issues, Developments and Threats", International Problems, 2007 (Institute of International Politics & Economics, Belgrade, Serbia). Sohail has written about 150 articles in various magazines and newspapers.