Area of Expertise: Media, Religion, Terrorism, War and Conflict, Women's Rights
Geographical Expertise - Region: North America, Subsaharan Africa
Languages: English, Kiswahili
Field of Work: Academia, Author/Novelist, Think tank/Research center
City: New York
Continent: North America
Ali A. Mazrui is Professor and Director of the Center for Global Cultural Studies, State University of New York at Binghamton. Dr. Mazrui is also Senior Scholar in Africana Studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and Senior Fellow of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Currently he is also President of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists of North America.
Ali Mazrui was educated in Kenya, Great Britain and the United States, and has a doctorate from Oxford University, U.K. Since then he has held professorships in Uganda, Nigeria, Guyana, and the United Kingdom as well as the United States. He has published more than thirty books, and hundreds of articles.
Dr. Mazrui has served in the past as President of the Africana Studies Association of the United States, Vice-President of the International Political Science Association, and Chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya.Professor Mazrui has received multiple honorary doctorates in diverse academic fields, and holds national decorations awarded by the Heads of State of South Africa and Kenya.
In 2005 the American Journal Foreign Policy, and the British Journal, Prospect, nominated Ali Mazrui among the top 100 public intellectuals alive in the world as a whole. Mazrui was earlier elected as icon of the Twentieth Century by Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. In 2010 Ali Mazrui was officially recognized by the Head of State of Kenya as among the top ten distinguished scholars of Kenya of the last fifty years (designated as among Mashujaa or “Heroes of the Nation”).
Professor Mazrui’s most ambitious books over the years have included A World Federation of Cultures; Cultural Forces in World Politics; and Euro-Jews and Afro-Arabs: The Great Semitic Divergence in World History.
Dr. Mazrui’s most influential television work was his TV series The Africans: A Triple Heritage in nine episodes, first broadcast by the BBC and PBS in 1986, and since shown in diverse countries and translated into several languages. A Companion book with the same title was published simultaneously.