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Omar Ali

Dr. Omar H. Ali

Contact Information

Email: ohali@uncg.edu
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

Teaching Experience

Associate Professor of Comparative African Diaspora History, African American & African Diaspora Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2010-present 
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

Research Interests

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.

Current Projects

  • 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.

Courses Taught

  • AFS and HIS 356: 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.

Recent Publications

Book cover: Islam in the Indian Ocean World: A Brief History with Documents Book cover: In the Lion's Mouth: Black Populism in the New South, 1886-1900 Book cover: In the Balance of Power: Independent Black Politics and Third Party Movements in the United States Book cover: The African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World
  • 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 Granada" in Atlantic Biographies, Mark Meuwese and Jeffrey Fortin, eds. (Boston, MA: Brill, 2014)
  • "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)
  • Other publications listed on Vitae.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Teaching Excellence Award, The College of Arts & Sciences, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2014)
  • Research Travel Grant, Kohler Fund, International Programs Center, The University of North Carolina at 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)

Links of Interest

Curriculum Vitae

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