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Ali Mazrui

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Created: 5th Feb 2008
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Dr. Ali A. Mazrui obtained his B.A. with Distinction from Manchester University in England, his M.A. from Columbia University in New York, and his doctorate from Oxford University in England.

Upon completing his education at Oxford University, Dr. Mazrui joined the faculty of Makerere University (Kampala, Uganda), where he served as head of the Department of Political Science and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. He served at Makerere University until 1973. In 1974, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan as professor and later as the Director of the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (1978-198l). In 1989, he was appointed to the faculty of Binghamton University, State University of New York as the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies (IGCS).

In addition to his appointments as the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities, Professor in Political Science, African Studies, Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies (IGCS), Dr. Mazrui also holds three concurrent faculty appointments as Albert Luthuli Professor-at-Large in the Humanities and Development Studies at the University of Jos in Nigeria, Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large Emeritus and Senior Scholar in Africana Studies at Cornell University and Chancellor, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya. In 1999, Dr. Mazrui stepped down as the inaugural Walter Rodney Professor at the University of Guyana, Georgetown, Guyana. Dr. Mazrui has also been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, The University of Chicago, Colgate University, McGill University, National University of Singapore, Oxford University, Harvard University, Bridgewater State College, Ohio State University, and at other institutions in Cairo, Australia, Leeds, Nairobi, Teheran, Denver, London, Baghdad, and Sussex amongst others.

In addition to his academic appointments, Dr. Mazrui has also served as President of the African Studies Association (USA) and as Vice-President of the International Political Science Association and has lectured on five continents. Dr. Mazrui has also served as Special Advisor to the World Bank. He has also served on the Board of the American Muslim Council, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Mazrui's research interests include African politics, international political culture, political Islam and North-South relations. He is author or co-author of more than twenty books. For a listing of these, please see his book list. Dr. Mazrui has also published hundreds of articles in major scholastic journals and for public media. He has also served on the editorial boards of more than twenty international scholarly journals.

In addition to his written work, Dr. Mazrui was also the creator of the much acclaimed and widely discussed television series The Africans: A Triple Heritage, which was jointly produced by the BBC and the Public Broadcasting Service (WETA, Washington) in association with the Nigerian Television Authority. A book by the same title was jointly published by BBC Publications and Little, Brown and Company. The book was a best seller in Great Britain and was adopted or recommended by various book clubs in the United States, including the Book of the Month Club.
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