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Ali A. Mazrui is a world acclaimed political thinker and theorist. Dr. Mazrui is the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University, State University of New York. Originally from Kenya, he is revered as one of the world’s top 100 public intellectuals.
Upon completing his doctorate at Oxford University in England, 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).
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 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. He has also published hundreds of articles in major scholastic journals and for public media. 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 PBS.
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