Dr. Omar H. Ali
Office: Curry 349-E
Office Phone: 336-334-5507
Ph.D., Columbia University, New York, 2003
B.Sc., London School of Economics and Political Science, 1992
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies,
African American Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2010-
Assistant Professor, Towson University, 2004-2010
Visiting Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University, 2008-2009
Visiting Fulbright Professor, Universidad Nacional, Bogota, 2006
Instructor, Columbia University, 2003-2004
The Making of the African Diaspora, Africa in World History, Black Populism in the New South, African resistance to slavery in colonial Latin America, Islam in the Indian Ocean world.
- Biography on Malik Ambar--a seventeenth century Ethiopian who goes from being enslaved to rising to power in India's Deccan, stopping Mughal advancement into southern India.
- Islam in the Indian Ocean world documentary source book--examines the spread of Islam in the region between the twelfth and seventeenth centuries with a view that incorporates East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and the Indian subcontinent.
- Book chapter on Benkos Bioho--an African maroon leader in New Grenada (colonial Colombia) during the seventeenth century who is attributed as founder of Palenque de San Basilio, the oldest maroon settlement in South America.
- AFS 355: The Making of the African Diaspora - Examines the formation of the African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic worlds drawing on historical records and ethnographic accounts.
- AFS 554: Black Populism in the New South - Examines the rise and fall of the independent black political movement in the South following the collapse of Reconstruction and before the consolidation of Jim Crow.
- AFS 201: Introduction to African American Studies - A survey of the interdisciplinary study of people of African descent from the colonial period through the present.
Courses in Preparation
- Islam, Africa, and the Diaspora - a 300-level course examining the intersection between Islam and the African Diaspora.
- Independent Black Politics - a 300 level course that looks at the history of African Americans and independent political movements and third parties.
- In the Lion's Mouth: Black Populism in the New South, 1886-1900 (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2010), foreword by Robin D.G. Kelley
- In the Balance of Power: Independent Black Politics and Third Party Movements in the United States (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2008), foreword by Eric Foner
- "Islam, Trade, and Empire" in Africa and the Wider World, Hakeem I. Tijani, Raphael Njoku, and Tiffany Jones, eds. (Boston, MA: Pearson, 2010)
- "Lenora Branch Fulani: Challenging the Rules of the Game" in African Americans and the Presidency: The Road to the White House, Bruce Glasrud and Cary D. Wintz, eds. (New York: Routledge, 2010)
- "The African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World," Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (The New York Public Library, 2011)
Selected Honors and Awards
- Research Travel Grant, Kohler Fund, International Programs Center, The University of North Carolina, Greensboro (2011)
- Fulbright Research and Lecture Award, Council for International Exchange of Scholars (2006)
- Research Travel Grant, Institute for Southern Studies, University of South Carolina, Columbia (2006)
- Teaching Fellowship, Institute for Research in African American Studies, Columbia University (2001-2002)
- Honours Distinction, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London (1992)