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Omar H. Ali

Omar Ali
Omar H. Ali (Professor of Comparative African Diaspora History) is a historian of the African Diaspora who explores the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds from the early modern period to the present. Named the North Carolina Professor of the Year by The Carnegie Foundation, Ali is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science and received his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. He has been a Lecturer at Columbia University, a Fulbright Professor at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, a Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt University, and a Library Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. The author of four books and an edited journal, Dr. Ali is currently working on a biography of the 17th-century Afro-Peruvian saint San Martin de Porres. His office is in Foust Building, 205, Lloyd International Honors College, where he serves as Dean.

Recent Publications:

  • Malik Ambar: Power and Slavery Across the Indian Ocean (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016)
  • Islam in the Indian Ocean World: A Brief History with Documents (Boston, MA: Bedford St. Martin’s Press, 2016)
  • “Benkos Biohó: African Maroon Leadership in New Grenada” in Atlantic Biographies, M. Meuwese and J. Fortin, eds. (Boston, MA: Brill, 2013)
  • “The Mu’azzin’s Song: Islam and the African Diaspora of the Indian Ocean,” North Carolina Conversations, Vol. 6, Issue 1 (Winter-Spring, 2012)
  • “Re-Conceptualizing Black Populism” in Southern Populism Revisited: New Interpretations and New Departures, J. M. Beeby ed. (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2012)
  • “Fulani’s Tools and Results,” Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender and the Black International, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring 2012)