Omar H. Ali, Ph.D.

Cropped Malik Ambar Painting

Omar H. Ali (Associate Professor of Comparative African Diaspora History and newly-appointed Interim Dean of the Lloyd International Honors College) is a historian and ethnographer of the African Diaspora who explores the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds from the early modern period to the present. Of East Indian and Peruvian background, Ali studied political economy and cultural anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the School of Oriental and African Studies before graduating from the London School of Economics and Political Science and receiving his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. Ali has been a Fulbright professor of history and anthropology at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, a visiting professor of African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University, and a Library Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. The winner of the Senior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in The College of Arts & Sciences in 2014, he was also nominated in 2015 for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s U.S. Professor of the Year award. He has served on the History Academic Advisory Committee of the College Board and the Teaching Prize Committee of the World History Association, as well as a Road Scholar for the North Carolina Humanities Council. With colleagues at UNCG he founded the Islamic Studies Research Network, an educational research network to promote awareness and understanding of Islamic history and culture; additionally, he co-directs a community-based educational initiative for people of all ages in the Warnersville area of Greensboro, N.C.–Community Play!/All Stars–a series of free cultural events, classes, and workshops that promote learning and development through performance and play. Ali has been a historical consultant to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the History Channel International. He serves on the Board of Directors of the All Stars Project, a constellation of developmental youth programs involving over 10,000 young people from poor and working-class neighborhoods across the nation, and IndependentVoting.org, a national strategy and leadership training center for non-partisan electoral reform. A member of CNN’s Out Front Political Strike Team during the 2012 U.S. Presidential election, Ali has also appeared on C-SPAN, NPR, PBS, Al Jazeera, ABC, CBS, Black Network Television, Time Warner Cable News, and Huffpost Live. He recently gave a TEDx talk entitled “What’s in a Name?: Islam, History, and Identity.”

Tomb

Images: (top of the page)  section of a portrait of Malik Ambar by the artist Hashim circa 1624 (from the Nasir al-Din Shah album, 7172 Ravaux, App. 6.4, courtesy of Musée des Art Asiatique-Guimet, Paris); (above)  Malik Ambar’s tomb (Khultabad, India; photograph by Omar H. Ali, March 11, 2012)

 

LINKS:

Lloyd International Honors College

Islamic Studies Research Network

African American & African Diaspora Studies

Department of History

IndependentVoting.org

All Stars Project

North Carolina Humanities Council

 

Maroons Revisted, New York Public Library, June 11, 2015

Public Lecture, “Maroons Revisted: History and Stories,” The New York Public Library, June 11, 2015

CURRICULUM VITAE


Education

Ph.D., History
Columbia University, New York, 2003

M.Phil./M.A., History
Columbia University, New York, 2001

B.Sc., Econ. (Hon.), Social Anthropology
London School of Economics and Political Science, 1992


Teaching and Research Appointments

Associate Professor, African American & African Diaspora Studies Program – 2010-present
Department of History and International and Global Studies Program affiliate
The University of North Carolina, Greensboro
The Making of the African Diaspora
Black Populism in the New South
Islam, Africa, and the Diaspora
Independent Black Politics in the 19th c.
Afro-Latin America
Race, Philosophy, and Play
Introduction to African American Studies

Visiting Adjunct Professor, Department of History – Spring 2014
Wake Forest University, North Carolina
The Middle East and the World

Assistant Professor, Department of History – 2004-2010
African and African American Studies and Latin American Studies faculty affiliate
Towson University, Maryland
The Making of the African Diaspora
African American History, I & II
World History Since 1300
Abolitionism in the Indian Ocean World
U.S. History, I & II
Historical Research Methods

Visiting Professor, Program in African American and Diaspora Studies – 2008-2009
Center for Latin American Studies faculty affiliate
Vanderbilt University, Tennessee
Independent Black Politics and Third Party Movements in the U.S.
The Making of the African Diaspora
Race Matters

Library Scholar, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies – 2007
Harvard University, Massachusetts
Project: “Abolitionism in the Americas: Muslim African Resistance to Slavery”

Fulbright Professor, Departments of History and Anthropology – 2006
Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá
Resistencia a la Esclavitud, Palenques, y Abolicionismo en las Américas

Lecturer, Institute for Research in African American Studies – 2003-2004
Columbia University, New York
Independent Politics and the African American Community
Introduction to African American Studies

Adjunct Professor, Department of History – 2000-2004
Fordham University, Manhattan and Bronx, NY
The Western Enlightenment
U.S. History: Reconstruction to the Present

Instructor, Clemente Course in the Humanities – 2002-2007
Bard College and New Jersey Council for the Humanities, North Brunswick
American History: Colonial to the Present

Adjunct Professor, Department of History – Spring 2000
Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
World History, 1500-Present

Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of the American South – 2001
The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Project: “Black Populism: From the Colored Alliance to the People’s Party”

Research Assistant, Center for Afroamerican and African Studies – 1990-1991
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Project:  “Ghanaian Political Systems and Constitutional Government”
(Professor Maxwell Owusu, Department of Anthropology)


Awards, Fellowships, and Honors

Special Projects Kohler Grant, Islamic Studies Research Network, International Programs Center, The University of North Carolina, Greensboro (2015)

Nominated, U.S. Professor of the Year  Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Award, The  University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2015)

Teaching Excellence Award, The College of Arts & Sciences, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2014); nominated again in 2015

Nominated, Alumni Teaching Excellence Award, University Teaching & Learning Commons (2015)

Chancellor’s Recognition of Contributions to the UNCG Community, Black Faculty and Staff and Human Resources, The University of North Carolina, Greensboro (2013 & 2014)

Excellence in Teaching Award, The National Society of Leadership and Success, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2013)

Elected to Phi Beta Delta, International Honor’s Society (2013)

Teaching and Learning Grant, Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons, The University of North Carolina, Greensboro (2013)

Nominated, W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Book Award, National Conference of Black Political Scientists, In the Lion’s Mouth: Black Populism in the New South (2012)

Special Projects Research Grant, Office of Research and Economic Development, The University of North Carolina, Greensboro (2012)

Scholars’ Travel Fund, Office of Research and Economic Development, The University of North Carolina, Greensboro (2012)

New Faculty Research Grant, Office of Research and Economic Development, The University of North Carolina, Greensboro (2011)

Research Travel Grant, Kohler Fund, International Programs Center, The University of North Carolina, Greensboro (2011)

Mentoring Program Grant, Teaching and Learning Center, The University of North Carolina, Greensboro (2010 & 2011)

Library Scholar, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University (2007)

Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad Program Award, U.S. Department of Education, Ghana (2007)

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)

Faculty Summer Research Fellowship, Office of University Research Services, Towson University (2006)

Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Columbia University (2002-2003)

Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of the American South, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2001-2002)

Summer Research Award, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University (2001 & 2002)

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)

Summer Research Grant, Lilly Endowment and Mellon Foundation (Summer 1990 & 1991)

Oxford House Scholarship, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1990)


Publications

Books:

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)

Black Populism in the New South, 1886-1900 (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2010), foreword by Robin D. G. Kelly

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

Edited Journal:

“Independent Black Politics,” Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, Vol. 7, No. 2 (Spring 2005)

Chapters:

“Benkos Biohó: African Maroon Leadership in New Grenada” in Atlantic Biographies: Individuals and Peoples in the Atlantic World, Mark Meuwese and Jeffrey Fortin, eds. (Boston, MA: Brill, 2014)

“Re-Conceptualizing Black Populism” in Southern Populism Revisited: New Interpretations and New Departures, James M. Beeby eds. (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2012)

“Black Populism: Agrarian Politics from the Colored Alliance to the People’s Party” in Beyond Forty Acres and a Mule: African American Farmers Since Reconstruction, Debra A. Reid and Evan P. Bennett, eds. (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012)

“Islam, Trade, and Empire,” Africa and the Wider World, Hakeem I. Tijani, Raphael Njoku, Tiffany Jones, eds. (Boston, MA: Pearson, 2010)

“Lenora Branch Fulani: Challenging the Rules of the Game” African Americans and the Presidency: The Road to the White House, Bruce Glasrud and Cary D. Wintz, eds. (New York: Routledge, 2010)

“Obama and the Generational Challenge,” The Speech: Race and Barack Obama’s “A More Perfect Union,” T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, ed. (New York: Bloomsbury, 2009)

Articles and Essays:

“Toward a Comparative African Diaspora History: Abyssinians in India and Peru during the 17th century,” PALARA, The Journal of the Afro-Latin/ American Research Association (under review)

“Afro-Perú: A Legacy of Black Labor and Culture,” ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, Vol. 8, No. 4 (Fall 2014) EnglishSpanish

“The African Diaspora in Latin America: Afro-Peru and San Martín de Porres,” New African Review, Vol. 2, Issue 4 (Summer 2013)

“The Mu’azzin’s Song: Islam and the African Diaspora of the Indian Ocean,” North Carolina Conversations, Vol. 6, Issue 1 (Winter-Spring, 2012)

“Fulani’s Tools and Results,'” Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender and the Black International, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring 2012)

“The African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World,” Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library (2011) UNESCO adoption link

“Standing Guard at the Door of Liberty: Black Populism in South Carolina, 1886-1897,” South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 107, No. 3 (July 2006)

“Independent Black Voices from the late 19th century: Black Populists and the Struggle Against the Southern Democracy,” Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, Vol. 7, No. 2 (Spring 2005)

“Third-Party Movements: Perot,” History in Dispute: American Social and Political Movements, 1945-2000, Benjamin Frankel, Robert J. Allison, et. al., eds. (Detroit, MI: St. James Press, 2000), 194-202.

Reference Entries:

“South Asia and the Middle East: Kaffirs” in Native Peoples of the World: An Encyclopedia of Groups, Cultures, and Contemporary Issues, Steven L. Danver, ed. (New York: Routledge, 2015) link

“Independent Voters,” with Harry Kresky, American Political Culture: An Encyclopedia, Michael Shally-Jensen, ed., Vol. I (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015) link

“Walter A. Pattillo” in Encyclopedia of Populism in America: A Historical Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, Elizabeth Demers and Alexandra Kindell, eds. (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014) link

“African Americans and Postmodernism” in Lose Not Courage, Lose Not Faith, Go Forward: Selected Topics from the African American Experience, 1900-2000, Naurice Frank Woods, Jr. (Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt, 2012)

“Colin Powell” in Encyclopedia of United States-Latin American Relations, Thomas Leonard, ed. (Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2012) link

“Malik Ambar,” Black Past: Remembered & Reclaimed, Quintard Taylor, ed., online (2011) link

“Population Movements in Dar-es-Islam: Islamic Migrations, 1450-1770″ in World History Encyclopedia, Alfred J. Andrea, ed. (Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2011)

“Rev. John L. Moore’s ‘In the Lion’s Mouth'” in Milestone Documents in African American History: Exploring the Essential Primary Sources, Paul Finkelman, ed. (Dallas, TX: Schlager Group, 2010)

“Islam and the African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World,” Black Past: Remembered & Reclaimed, Quintard Taylor, ed., online (2009)

“Black Politics,” The Encyclopedia of African-American History, 1896 to the Present: From the Age of Segregation to the Twenty-First Century, Paul Finkelman, ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009)

“Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.” in Milestone Documents of American Leaders: Exploring the Primary Sources of Notable Americans, Paul Finkelman, ed. (Dallas, TX: Schlager Group, 2009)

“Abolitionism in the African Diaspora,” The Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora, Carol Boyce Davies, ed. (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2008)

“Lutie A. Lytle,” “Walter A. Pattillo,” and “Lenora B. Fulani” in The African American National Biography, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, eds. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008)

“Southern Tenant Farmers Union” in Encyclopedia of the Great Black Migration, Steven A. Reich, ed. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006)

“Labor Union Movements,” The Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History, William H. McNeill, Jerry H. Bentley, et. al., eds. (Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing, 2004)

“Colored Farmers Alliance” in The Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History, Jack Salzman, ed. (New York: MacMillan Press, 2001)

Reports:

“College Independents Poll: The Emergence of a Non-Partisan Politics?” Office of Research and Economic Development, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Fall 2013)

“A Brief History of Non-Partisan Municipal Elections in New York City,” Committee for a Unified Indpendent Party, Inc., New York (Spring 2002)

Book Reviews:

Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad (New York: W.W. Norton, 2015) by Eric Foner, Politics for the People: History and Politics from an Independent Perspective (April 14, 2015) link

Revolutionary (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013) by Alex Myers, Politics for the People: History and Politics from an Independent Perspective (March 28, 2014)

Declarations of Dependence: The Long Reconstruction of Popular Politics in the South, 1861-1908 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011) by Gregory P. Downs, American Historical Review, Vol. 118, No. 2 (April 2013): 521-522.

The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2012) by Linda Killian, The Neo-Independent, Vol. 6, No. 3 (Winter 2012)

For Labor, Race, and Liberty: George Edwin Taylor, His Historic Run for the White House, and the Making of Independent Black Politics (Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2011) by Bruce L. Mouser, Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Vol. 11, No. 3 (July 2012): 460-462.

The Louisiana Populist Movement, 1881-1900 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2011) by Donna A. Barnes,American Historical Review, Vol. 117, No. 2 (April 2012): 540-541

African Identity in Asia: Cultural Effects of Forced Migration (Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2009) by Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya, South Asian History and Culture, Vol. 2, Issue 3 (2011): 450-451.

A Black Congressman in the Age of Jim Crow: South Carolina’s George Washington Murray (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2006) by John F. Marszalek, South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 109, No. 2 (April 2008): 150-152.

Challenging Slavery in the Chesapeake: Black and White Resistance to Human Bondage, 1775-1865 (Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 2007) by T. Stephen Whitman, The Journal of Southern History, Vol. 74, No. 3 (2008): 721-722.

Cities of the Dead: Contesting the Memory of the Civil War in the South, 1865-1914 (The University of North Carolina Press, 2004) by William Blair, The Journal of African American History, Vol. 91, No. 1 (Winter 2006): 90-91.

Black Populism in the United States: An Annotated Bibliography (Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2004) by Anthony J. Adam and Gerald H. Gaither, Maryland Historical Magazine, 101 (Spring 2006): 127-128.

The Politics of Public Housing: Black Women’s Struggles Against Urban Inequality (Oxford University Press, 2004) by Rhonda Y. Williams, The Journal of Southern History, Vol. 71, No. 4 (November 2005): 951-952.

Op-Eds, Articles, Commentary, and Interviews:

“Dumping Demos, GOP?: Rise of the Independent Voter a Possible Political Game-Changer,” Indianapolis Recorder (April 30, 2015) link

“Media’s Role on the Public’s View of Muslims,” TWC News (April 29, 2015) link

“Catch a Spark During TEDxGreensboro,” Greensboro News & Record (April 27, 2015) link

“Social Media Outreach May Have Affected Riots,” TWC News (April 28, 2015) link

“Muslim Students fight for Inclusiveness,” TWC News (April 20, 2015) link

“Student Advisory Council to UNCG Police,” The Carolinian (April 21,2015) link

“Omar Ali will be Interim Dean of UNCG’s Lloyd International Honors College,” Campus Weekly (March 31, 2015) link

“UNCG Historian: Greensboro Bill Defies NC History of Local Control,” WFDD Politics & Government,  Winston-Salem, NC (March 18, 2015) link

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“UNCG Community Joins in Global Effort to Support Victim’s Families,” The Carolinian (February 19, 2015) link

“Hundreds Gather in Greensboro to Mourn Three Victims,” Greensboro News & Record (February 12, 2015) link

“Chancellor Search Committee Hashes Out Details,” The Carolinian (February 11, 2015) link

“On Becoming and I Am Abraham,” Politics for the People: History and Politics from an Independent Perspective (February 11, 2015) link

“Is South Carolina Better for Minorities than North Carolina,” O-Pinion blog (February 4, 2015) link

“Study: Racial Pay-Gap Widening in Massachusetts,” Barnstable-Hyannis Patch (February 4, 2015) link

“2015’s States with the Highest and Lowest Financial Gaps by Race/Ethnicity,” WalletHub (February 3, 2015) link

“A Chance to be Heard: NC Independents and The Greensboro Voice,” Horizons: The UNCG Graduate School Newsletter (Winter 2015)

“Search is On for New UNCG Chancellor,” The Greensboro News & Record (December 2014) link

“The African Diaspora: Interview with Dr. Omar Ali,” Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism (Fall 2014) link

“Lecture by Dr. Omar Ali,” Current Issues in Anthropology blog (September 9, 2014) link

“Guilford: Greensboro Looking to Diversify,” Greensboro News & Record (September 6, 2014)

“75 Percent of College Students in NC Self-Identify as Independent,” Independent Voting Network (September 3, 2013) link

“Community Play! Conversation Between UNCG Students and the Campus Police,” Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (August 26, 2014)

“Academic: Informal College Poll Suggests Sagging Pants Pushback is Generational,” The Inside Scoop, Greensboro News & Record (April 8, 2014)

“Nonprofits: Divan Center Promotes Harmony with Diversity,” Greensboro News & Record (March 5, 2014)

“Independents’ Day,” UNCG Research Magazine, Vol. 11 (Fall 2013)

“Ali Interviewed by the N&O Regarding Independent Politics” UNCG Now (November 6, 2013)

“UNCG Professor Questions Party Platforms,” Greensboro News & Record (November 5, 2013) link

“Professor Questions Party Platforms,” The Tar Heel Daily (November 5, 2013)

“Candidates Make Final Push,” CBS News online (November 1, 2013)

“UNCG Professor Helps Mobilize Independent Voters To Push For Political Reform,” Raleigh News & Observer (October 26, 2013)

“Delegation form South African University,” Campus Weekly (October 1, 2013)

“Faculty Profile: Dr. Omar Ali Discusses the Politics of Independents,” Horizons (Spring 2013)

“A Woman’s Perspective of the 1960’s Woolworh Sit In,” The A&T Register (April 17, 2013)

“Dr. Omar Ali,” Campus Weekly (March 5, 2013)

“Ali, UNCG Students Participate in Conference Aired on C-SPAN,” University News (March 1, 2013)

“2013 National Conference of Independents,” Independent Voter Network (February 28, 2013)

“Celebrate the Power in History,” The Free Lance-Star (February 17, 2013)

“UNCG Home to one of U.S.’ Top Black Studies Programs,” Winston-Salem Chronicle (December 19, 2012)

“Ali Gives Insight into Independent Voters,” CNN Political Strike Team (June-November, 2012)

“Classes Leverage New York Times Materials,” Campus Weekly (October 9, 2012)

“With No Mosques in Boone,” The Appalachian (September 25, 2012)

“Presidential Disclosure: How Much is Too Much When It Comes to Tax Returns,” NerdWallet Markets (September 7, 2012)

“The Division of Politics Has Worsened in the Last Four Years,” CBS News online (September 6, 2012)

“Up for Grabs: North Carolina’s New Role as a 2012 Swing State,” Yahoo! News (July 24, 2012)

“The Afro-Asiatic Mashup,” Phenderson Djèlí Clark (June 3, 2012)

“The African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World,” Africa is a Country (June 1, 2012)

“History: The African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World,” Neo-Griot (June 1, 2012)

“Greensboro Sailed Alone in Sea of County Support,” Greensboro News & Record (May 10, 2012)

“House 60: Free Thinker vs. Party Line: Black political establishment upset by incumbent’s independent nature,” Greensboro News & Record (March 18, 2012)

“‘Road Scholar’ Omar Ali Lectures on Black History,” UNCG Now (February 28, 2012) link

“A Different Perspective on History,” Danville Register & Bee (February 26, 2012)

“Movements to the Mountaintop: History as Failure–Lessons from the Black Populists,” The Free Lance-Star (February 19, 2012)

“Dr. Omar H. Ali ‘Understanding Black History as American History,'” Rockingham Update (February 10, 2012)

“Why Florida is different from other Primaries,” CBS News online (January 31, 2012)

“North Carolina Independents: Unaffiliated Voters and the Challenge of Changing the Status Quo,” Linking Triad (January 30, 2012)

“Prof. to Discuss Black Church Leader,” The Daily Dispatch (January 28, 2012)

“Historian to Present a Program at Library,” The Butner-Creedmoore News (January 26, 2012)

“Dr. Omar H. Ali Holds Program,” Oxford Public Ledger (January 26, 2012)

“Declaration of the independents,” Raleigh News & Observer (January 25, 2012)

“Seeing New Things: Past and Present,” The Rock River Times (January 4, 2012)

“Why We Need to Care About the Iowa Caucus,” CBS News online (January 3, 2012)

“The African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World: New Online Exhibit Details the Historical Presence of Blacks,” The Crisis Magazine (2011)

“Voters Flee Democratic Party in Key Swing States,” The Note, ABC News (December 7, 2011)

“Occupy Movement in North Carolina Takes Stock After Two Months,” Boston Herald (November 19, 2011)

“As Cities Around the U.S. Crack Down, Occupy Movement in NC Takes Stock,” The Republic (November 19, 2011)

“Herman Cain’s other problem: African-Americans,” The Christian Science Monitor (November 17, 2011)

“Occupy Greensboro Movement Discusses Social Equality,” Carolina Peacemaker (November 3, 2011)

“Poll Reveals Only 17% of Americans Happy with Direction of Country,” CBS News online (November 3, 2011)

“Discrimination Denies Independent Voters Fair Access,” Greensboro News & Record (October 16, 2011)

“Dr. Omar Ali Discusses Why People Don’t Vote,” CBS News online (October 11, 2011) (History News Network)

“Campaign Chronicles: Politics are not Red and Blue,” The Guilfordian (October 6, 2011)

“Is Voting Online On The Horizon?” CBS News online (October 5, 2011) link

“Early Voting,” CBS News online (September 22, 2011)

“Malik Ambar: The Legacy of an Ethiopian Ruler in India,” The Reporter, Living & the Arts section (Ethiopia) (August 20, 2011)

“His Message: Islam ‘part of American culture’,” North Regional News (May 8, 2011)

“In the Lion’s Mouth,” UNCG Research magazine (Spring 2011)

“More Blacks Choosing to Vote Independent,” Florida Courier (February 17, 2011)

“African Americans Riding Wave of Independence,” BlackAmericaWeb (February 15, 2011)

“Tunisian President Forced Out as Protests Continue,” The Guilfordian (January 28, 2011)

“What Ever Happened to … ?” The Washington Post (December 19, 2010)

“Book Shines Light on Little-Known Black Populism Movement ,” The Chronicle (November 25, 2010)

“Cotton Pickers’ Strike Exposed Risk in Populism,” North Carolina Miscellany: Exploring the History, Literature, and Culture of the Tar Heel State, UNC University library (November 19, 2010) link

“The Jim Crow of Bipartisan Rule,” Historical Notes & Commentary (November 14, 2010) link

“Independent Rides Wave of Discontent to Win,” Greensboro News & Record (November 4, 2010)

“Third-Party Candidates Hope Voters Are Ready to Take Action,” Carroll County Times (October 3, 2010)

“Wedge Issues Divide Politicians From Independents,” CNN Politics (August 20, 2010)

“Development in Africa and the Diaspora: Democracy as Performed Activity in the Making of a Post-Modern World,” Partners for Africa (August 2009)

“2008 Presidential Election Signals Transition: Vanderbilt Experts: Independents Played Starring Role,” Public Relations Newswire, Nashville, TN (October 31, 2008)

The Vanderbilt Political Review, Vol. 1, Issue 2 (November/December 2008)”A La Conquista de los Indecisos,” El Espectador (October 14, 2008)

“But Will They Vote?” NewsChannel5.com, Nashville, TN (October 8, 2008)

“Obama’s Youthquake: Is the Senator Leading a Movement, or Just an Interesting Campaign?” Atlanta Journal-Constitution(February 10, 2008)

“Local Professor Discusses the Life and Legacy of Slain Civil Rights Leader,” The Pentagram (January 10, 2008)

“Alumni Voices,” Colombian Quarterly, No. 60 (January-March 2007)

“Theatre for the Whole City’s Season Starts with a Bang!” All Stars Project Newsletter, Vol. 8 (January 2, 2006)

“Building Black and Latino Independence in New York City,” Indigenous People of Africa and America (May  2005 – Vol. 2, Issue 2)

“Reflections on History as Performance (an afsana for Abu),” World History Bulletin, Vol. XXI No. 2 (Fall 2005) and Credence magazine (February 20, 2005)

“Faculty Appointments,” Perspectives: Newsletter of the American Historical Association, Vol 42 (2004)

“Thinking Outside the (Ballot) Box: A Broader Political Engagement Strategy for America’s Civic Organizations” by Cynthia M. Gibson, National Civic Review, Vol. 93, Issue 2 (2004): 20-30.

“Black Farmers in America, 1865-2000: The Pursuit of Independent Farming and the Role of Cooperatives” RBS Research Report 194, U.S. Department of Agriculture (October 2003)

“Ali Speaks on Independent Movement,” Daily Bruin (November 17, 2002)

“Activist Argues Against Two-Party System, Favoring Open Debate,” The Daily Princetonian (October 11, 2002)

“Those Who Make the Rules Rule,” The Guardian (September 25, 2002)

“Yale Political Union Guest Attacks Two-Party System,” Yale Daily News (September 18, 2002) link

“The Making of a Black Populist: A Tribute to the Rev. Walter A. Pattillo,” Oxford Public Ledger (March 28, 2002 – Vol. 121, No. 25)

“Those Who Make the Rules, Rule”: Part 1 Part 2 BlackElectorate.Com (October 14, 2002) For original CUIP white paper click here

“American Foreign Policy: A Question of Democracy,” Black Star Magazine (November  4, 2001)

“Redistricting Gives Two Parties Unfair Edge,” New York Newsday (May 31, 2001)

“Frank MacKay’s Call for Local Control,” democracy with a small d, Vol. 3, No. 2 (September 2000)

“A New Populism in the United States,” History News Service (November 26, 1999)

Miscellaneous:

“Declarations of Independence from Greensboro, N.C.,” and “Message from North Carolina Independents,” National Conference of Independents Blog (January 2 and Feburay 6, 2013)

Commentary on “Taxpayers Fund the Politcs of Democratic and Republican National Conventions,” CBS News online (September 5, 2012)

Foreword to Naurice Frank Woods, Jr., A History of African Americans in the Segregated United States Military: From America’s War of Independence to the Korean War (Lewiston, NY: Mellon Press, 2013)

“Tribute to Manning Marable,” Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, Vol. 13, Issue 4 (December 2011): 440.

Foreword to Fred Newman and Jacqueline Salit, Talk/Talk: Making (Non)Sense of an Irrational World, John Opdycke, ed. (New York: IndependentVoting/CUIP, 2010)

Black Populism in the New South resource website (1998-2010)

Editor, Towson History Matters, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Fall 2007)

Letter to the Editor, “Setting a Presidential Precedent,” Black Enterprise (June 2005)

“Abolitionism in the Americas: Towards a Comparative Study of World History” Universidad Nacional de Colombia archived paper from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia, Colonial Americas Studies Organization International Interdisciplinary Symposium (2005)

Letter to the Editor, “A Vote for Democracy,” National Geographic, Vol. 207, No. 3 (March 2005)

Manuscript and Journal Review:

Brill Publishers
Journal of Global Slavery, proposed journal review (2014)

Pennsylvania University Press
Journal of Africana Religions, “Siddi (African Indian) Islam in South Asia” (2013)

Palgrave Macmillan
Black Leaders on Black Leadership, Phyllis Leffler (2013)

Oxford University Press (New Oxford World History Series)
The Indian Ocean in World History, Edward Alpers (2012)

Oxford University Press (Organization of American Historians)
Journal of American History, “‘Our Very Pronounced Theory of Equal Rights to All': Race, Citizenship, and Populism in the South Texas Borderlands,” Gregg Cantrell (2011)

Routledge Publishing
Sojourner Truth biography proposal review (2011)

The University of Wisconsin Press
For Labor, Race, and Liberty: George Edwin Taylor, Bruce L. Mouser (2010)

African Diaspora Press
The Glorious Years: The African Diaspora in Postwar Paris, Felix Germain (2010)

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
A History of Latin America to 1825, 3rd edition, Peter Bakewell (2007)

Bedford St. Martin’s Press
Crossroads and Cultures: A History of the World’s Peoples, Bonnie Smith, Marc Van de Mieroop, Richard Von Glahn, and Kris Lane (2006)

Editorial Boards:

Journal of Global Slavery link

The Neo-Independent: The Politics of Becoming link


Languages

English, French, Spanish, Urdu ( تھوڑی تھوڑی )


Lectures and Presentations

2015

“Benkos Bioho: Palenque de San Basilio in 17th-Century New Granada,” Maroons Revisted: History and Stories, Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library (June 11, 2015) link

“Code-Switching and Play: Tools for Learning and Growth in a Global World,” Global Engagement Summer Institute, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (May 14, 2015)

“What’s in a Name?: Islam, History, and Identity,” TEDxGreensboro, North Carolina (May 7, 2015) link

“Passion and Compassion,” Guest Speaker, Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, Greensboro, NC (May 3, 2015)

“Navigating the Workplace though the Power of Play,” Human Resource professional development workshop, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (April 22, 2015)

“UNCG Police and African Americans,” Campus Conversation facilitator, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (April 15, 2015)

“Understanding Black History as American History,” Road Scholar Lecture, North Carolina Humanities Council and Friends of the Caswell County Public Library, Yanceyville, NC (April 13, 2015)

“Being Black and a Police Officer: A Conversation about the Subjectivity and Material Realities of Policing as an African American,” with Officer Kenneth Wilson, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (March 31, 2015)

“The Challenges of Diversity in Public History and Museum Studies,” Presentation, Department of History, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (March 26, 2015)

“Afro-Latin America: The Circum-Caribbean and South America,” Lecture for The Carter G. Woodson School, Winston-Salem, NC (March 17, 2015)

“The Many Faces of Islam,” Road Scholar Lecture, North Carolina Humanities Council, Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst, NC (March 4, 2015)

“Black Lives Matter: Michael Brown, Ferguson, and Police,” Guest Speaker, Social Justice Research Group, Counseling and Education Development Program, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (February 26, 2015)

“Africa and Development,” Guest Lecture, Introduction to International and Global Studies, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (February 19, 2015)

“Creating Community Together in the Face of Tragedy,” Campus Community Dialogue Series,  Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in collaboration with the Division of Student Affairs and African American & African Diaspora Studies, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (February 12, 2015)

“Globalizing Black History: Africa, India, and Latin America,” Featured Speaker, Celebration of Black History Through Art, Dance, Music, and Theatre, Western Guilford High School, Greensboro, NC (February 6, 2015)

“Paris, Islam, and Race,” Presentation and conversation sponsored by the Islamic Studies Research Network, Department of History, African American & African Diaspora Studies Program, Department of Religious Studies, and the Muslim Student Association, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (February 3, 2015)

“Vygotsky, Play, and Performance,” Lunch Presentation, Department of Athletics,  Alumni House, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (January 28, 2015)

“Race in World History,” Guest Lecture, Communication Studies: African American Culture and Identity,  The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (January 22, 2015)

“Diversity and Global Engagement Expo: Creating New Conversations,” Moderator, University Libraries, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (January 15, 2015)

2014

“North Carolina’s Independents: Unaffiliated Voters and the 2014 Midterm Election,” Fearrington Democratic Club, Pittsboro, NC (December 2, 2014) link

“Diversity and Pedagogy in the Classroom,” Facilitator, Diversity Initiatives, The College of Arts & Sciences (November 19, 2014)

“Black Amerindians: African-Native American Histories Across the Americas,” lecture sponsored by the Native American Student Association, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (November 4, 2014)

“Working at Play, Playing at Work: Developing Your Improvisation Skills,” Human Resource Services professional development workshop, The University of North Carolina, Greensobro (October 22, 2014)

“Improvisation and Play in the Workplace,” conference presentation for Performing the World 2014: How Shall We Become?, East Side Institute, New York, NY (October 29, 2014)

“Creating Learning/Development: Holzman on Vygotsky,” Crossroads Program, Guilford County Schools, Grensboro, NC (October 20, 2014)

“Improvisation and Play in the Workplace,” conference presentation for Performing the World 2014: How Shall We Become?, East Side Institute, New York, NY (October 10, 2014)

“Ethiopians in India: Malik Ambar and the Abyssinians of the Deccan during the 16th and 17th centuries,” Faculty Seminar presentation, The University of North Carolina at Wilmington (September 12, 2014)

“The Global African Diaspora in the 17th Century: Peru, India, and Virginia,” Conversations with the Community, African American & African Diaspora Studies Program, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (September 9, 2014)

“The Political Economy of Rural Black Debt in the Post-Reconstruction South,” guest lecture for the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, NC (September 2, 2014)

“‘African’ Identity-Formations” guest lecture for Spanish Literature II, Patriarchy and Slavery in the Spanish Caribbean, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (August 26, 2014)

“On to the Next Performance: Stretching and Growing,” graduation remarks, Crossroads Program, Guilford County Schools, Grensboro, NC (June 13, 2014)

“Independents and Voting Rights in North Carolina,” educational discussion sponsored by the AFS Club at UNCG, Greensboro, NC (April 23, 2014)

“A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence, From the Middle East to America,” Muslim Journeys, Let’s Talk About it Book Talk Series, North Carolina Humanities Council and Braswell Memorial Library, Rocky Mount, North Carolina (April 17, 2014)

“Africans in Southwest Asia: On the Meaning of ‘Kaffir,'” Rountable Discussion, Africa Conference, The University of Texas, Austin (April 5, 2014)

“Using Improvisation to Create Developmental Conversations in the Workplace,” Human Resource Services professional development workshop, University of North Carolina, Greensobro (March 26, April 9 and 23, 2014)

“The Roots of Urban Black Poverty,” lecture sponsored by th Pan-African Coalition and African American Studies Club, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (March 25, 2014)

“Islam and Asian Trade,” Arab and Islamic Cultures Seminar, Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, North Carolina Geographic Alliance, and the African Studies Center, UNC, Chapel Hill (March 22, 2014)

“The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States,” Muslim Journeys, Let’s Talk About It Book Talk Series, North Carolina Humanities Council and Braswell Memorial Library, Rocky Mount, North Carolina (March 20, 2014)

“Prince Among Slaves,” Muslim Journeys, Let’s Talk About It Book Talk Series, North Carolina Humanities Council and Braswell Memorial Library, Rocky Mount, North Carolina (March 13, 2014)

“Community and History: A Philosophical Exploration,” Crossroads Program, Guilford County Schools, Grensboro, NC (March 11, 2012)

“Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963,” The American Library Association, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Museum of American History, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Gunn Memorial Public Library, North Carolina (March 2, 2014)

“Campus Community Dialogue on Hate Speech,” facilitator, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (February 24, 2014)

“The Emancipation Proclamation: From Preserving the Union to Black Liberation,” Piedmont Community College, Gunn Memorial Public Library, and North Carolina Humanities Council, Caswell County Historic Courthouse, North Carolina (February 20, 2014)

“The African Diaspora as World History: A 17th-century perspective from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic,” Department of Social Sciences, Winston Salem State University (February 3, 2014)

2013

“Black Diasporas in the Indian Ocean World: ‘African Unity’ in the Longue Durée,” Dialogues on East Africa and African Unity at Fifty, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies Forum, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (November 18, 2013)

“On Stage: Work and Play,” Human Resource Services professional development workshop, University of North Carolina, Greensobro (November 6, 20; December 6, 2013)

“Towards a Comparative African Diaspora History: Abyssinians in Peru and India during the 17th century,” Beyond the Boundaries African History Conference, The University of North Carolina at Wilmington (October 12, 2013)

“San Martin de Porres and the Afro-Peruvian Community,” Lloyd International Honors College, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (September 25, 2013)

“Creating New Conversations about Violence,” Southern Atlantic States Association of Asian and African Studies and the Elon Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society, Elon, NC (September 21, 2013)

“The Fight for Freedom: Women in the Civil Rights Movement,” Dinner Talk, Summer Institute, Civic Education Consortium, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (June 19, 2013)

“Muslim Journeys: Exploring the History of Islam,” Lead Scholar presentation, Summer Institute, North Carolina Humanities Council, Chapel Hill, NC (June 16, 2013)

“Dr. Lenora B. Fulani: The Development Line,” guest lecture, International Civil Rights Center and Museum, Greensboro, NC (May 30, 2013) (See Fulani’s “The Development Line” paper)

“Professional Development through Performance and Play,” Human Resource Services, University of North Carolina, Greensobro (May 24 and 31, 2013)

“Malik Ambar and the African Diaspora of the Indian Ocean World,” guest lecture for Islamic History and Civilization, 1200 C.E.-present, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (April 15, 2013)

“Marilyn Lott and the Woolworth Sit-In: A Women’s College Perspective,” Public Conversation, International Civil Rights Center and Museum, African American Studies Program and History Department, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC (April 12, 2013)

“Independent Voters and Culture Change,” Democracy North Carolina, Winston-Salem, NC (April 10, 2013)

“In the Lion’s Mouth: Black Populism in the New South,” Book Talk, Multicultural Resource Center, University of North Carolina, Greensboro (April 9, 2013)

“On Stage with American History: Learning and Growing through Improvisation,” Crossroads Program, Guilford County Schools, Grensboro, NC (March 15, 2012)

“Islam in Contemporary America,” Office of Multicultural Affairs and Muslim Student Association, University of North Carolina, Greensboro (February 26, 2013)

“Changing Our Culture by Changing Our Performance,” panel discussion, National Conference of Independents, IndependentVoting.org, New York, NY (February 16, 2013)

“The Many Faces of Islam: Beyond the Headlines,” Road Scholars Program, North Carolina Humanities Council, Wayne County Public Library, Goldsboro, NC (February 2, 2013)

“W.E. B. DuBois: Black Political Independent,” W.E.B. DuBois & the Problem(s) of the 21st Century Conference, Department of African & Afro-American Studies, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (February 1, 2013)

“Encouraging Creativity and Play: Developmental Education for the 21st Century” Keynote Address, “Education: Cure for Poverty, Ignorance, and Disunity” dinner, Divan Cultural Center, Greensboro, NC (January 26, 2012)

“North Carolina and the National Independent Political Movement,” North Carolina Independents chapter meeting, Durham Public Library, Durham, NC (January 5, 2012)

2012

“Marcus Garvey: Teaching Africa in World History,” Crossroads Program, Guilford County Schools, Grensboro, NC (December 18, 2012)

“The Power of Independent Voters in Public Policy-Making: A Historical Perspective,” American Society for Public Administration, Piedmont Triad Chapter Luncheon, Greensboro, NC (December 13, 2012)

“Relating to Independents as Independents,” Redesigning Democracy Summit, Institute for Emerging Issues, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (December 9, 2012)

“Helen Suzman: South African Freedom Fighter,” International Civil Rights Center and Museum, Greensboro, NC (December 1, 2012)

“Independents Rising and the 2012 Election: A Public Conversation,” College Independents, Black Student Union, Department of Political Science, NC Independents, UNC-Greensboro (October 30, 2012)

“Independent Voters, Culture Change, and the Quest for a Post-Partisan America,” Presentation to the College Advancement Council Dinner, College of Arts & Sciences, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (October 28, 2012)

“Exploring Al Jahiz’s ‘The Book of the Pride of the Blacks Over the Whites,'” Diasporas and ‘Race’ Conference, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC (October 26, 2012)

“Who Contols the Ballot Box? Voting Rights in North Carolina,” History Department, African American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, UNC-Greensboro (October 24, 2012)

“Democracy and Development,” Civil Society and National Security workshop presentation, Hoover Institution, Washington, D.C. (October 23, 2012)

“”Exploring Early Modern Black Leadership from Latin America to the Indian Subcontinent,” Conference on African American Culture and Experience, University of North Carolina, Greensboro (October 19, 2012)

“College Independents, the Black Electorate, and the 2012 Election,” Conversations with the Community, African American Studies Program, UNC-Greensboro (October 9, 2012)

“Performance and Play: Tools for Development and Growth in the Professional World,” Black Business Student Association, UNC-Greensboro (October 4, 2012)

“Africa, Islam, and Deconstructing ‘The white man’s burden,”” New York Times Talk, Office of Learning Communities, University of North Carolina, Greensboro (September 19, 2012)

“History, Africa, and Islam in the Making of the Modern World: A Postmodern Philosophical Exploration,” Diversity Lecture Series, Office of Multicultural Student Development, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC (September 18, 2012)

“In the Balance of Power: Independent Black Politics and Third Party Movements in the United States,” Campus Conversations Book Talk, Black Faculty and Staff Association, University of North Carolina, Greensboro (September 13, 2012)

“Understanding Black History as American History,” North Carolina Humanities Council and Transylvania Heritage Museum, Brevard, NC (May 19, 2012)

“The Making of the African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean,” Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Towson, MD (May 15, 2012)

“Islam and the African Diaspora: A Brief History,” Islamic Center of Greensboro, NC (May 6, 2012)

“Independent Voters and the Presidential Election,” My American Dream forum, High Point University , High Point, NC (April 20, 2012)

“North Carolina’s ‘Unaffiliated Voters’ and the 2012 Election,” Lloyd International Honors College, Food for Thought, Greensboro, NC (April 11, 2012)

“‘Explanation by Descprition': History as Art/Art as History,” Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC (April 4, 2012)

“Benkos Biohó and African Marronage in Latin America/Benkos Biohó y Cimarronaje Africana en Latinoamérica,” Guest Lecture, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of North Carolina, Greensboro (March 26, 2012)

“Malik Ambar and the Abyssinians of the Deccan,” Department of History, Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, India (March 12, 2012)

“Bilal’s Song: Black Muslims from Abyssinia to America,” Divan Cultural Center, Greensboro, NC (February 25, 2012)

“Understanding Black History as American History,” Road Scholars Program, North Carolina Humanities Council, Rockingham Community College, Wentworth, NC (February 22, 2012)

“Islam and the African Diaspora to the East,” national conference of the Center for Islamic Studies, Baton Rouge, LA (February 16, 2012)

“Black Populism in the New South: Rev. Walter A. Pattillo and the Colored Alliance in North Carolina,” Richard H. Thornton Library, Oxford, NC (January 29, 2012)

“Independents, African Americans, and the 2012 Election: Will there be another ‘Black and Independent Alliance?'” Forum sponsored by the UNCG African American Studies Program, Department of Political Science, The Black Student Union, and North Carolina Independents, Greensboro, NC (January 26, 2012)

2011

“Slave Rebels in the African Diaspora of the Indian Ocean World,” Department of Political Science, North Carolina A &T, Greensboro, NC (November 21, 2011)

“North Carolina Independents: A History of the ‘Unaffiliated,'” Politics Club, High Point University (November 16, 2011)

“Black Populism in the New South,” The Black South: From the Reconstruction Period to the Early 20th Century Conference on African American Culture and Experience, University of North Carolina, Greensboro (November 11, 2011)

“The Modern Civil Rights Movement in America History,” Historical Society of UNCG, Greensboro (November 9, 2011)

“We are the 99%?: Occupy Movement, Race, Class, and Politics” Roundtable Discussion, African American Studies Program, University of North Carolina, Greensboro (November 1, 2011)

Friends of the UNCG Libraries, University of North Carolina, Greensboro – “Reza Aslan’s No God But God: The Origins and Evolution of Islam,” Book Discussion (September 26, 2011)

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC – “The Swahili Coast as Part of the Indian Ocean African Diaspora,” Department of History and African Studies Program (September 12, 2011)

Zanzibar Indian Ocean Research Institute, Tanzania – “Comparing the African Diasporas of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean Worlds” (August 16, 2011)

Univeristy of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – “Black Soldiers, Black Servants: The Muslim African Diaspora from South Asia to South America,” Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Research Chair in Pan-African Studies Lecture (August 15, 2011)

Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia– “Malik Ambar: An Ethiopian ruler in India,” Department of History and Geography (August 12, 2011)

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, New York – “In the Lion’s Mouth: Book Talk” (June 21, 2011) link

North Regional Library, Raleigh, NC – “The Many Faces of Islam: Beyond the Headlines,” Road Scholars Program, North Carolina Humanities Council (May 10, 2011)

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, New York, “The Making  of the African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World,”  public lecture (April 16, 2011)

Lloyd International Honors College, The University of North Carolina, Greensboro – “Who are America’s Independents?” Food for Thought presentaion (April 6, 2011)

Villanova Univeristy, Institute for Global and Interdisciplinary Studies – “Islam and the Making of the African Diaspora East of the River Nile” (March 16, 2011)

Ebenezer Gospel Assembly, Samford, NC — “The Jim Crow of Bipartisan Rule” Black History Month presentation (February 27, 2011)

Sixth Annual National Conference of Independents, IndependentVoting.org/CUIP, New York, NY – “Can Independents Reform America?” (February 12, 2011)

2010

“Bridging Red, Black, and White: The Making of the Chesapeake from the Colonial Period through the Early Republic,” Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, Maryland, public lecture sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and the Maryland Humanities Council (December 5, 2010)

“Ibn Battuta on Piracy in the Indian Ocean,” Elliot Center Auditorium, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, public lecture sponsored by The History Club and Friends of the University Libraries (October 28, 2010)

St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, U.K.– “Bilal’s Song: Muslim Africans in the Indian Ocean World,” African Studies Association Biennial Conference (September 17, 2010)

The University of North Carolina, Greensboro — “Reconceptualizing the African Diaspora: From the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic World,” Conversations with the Community, Sponsored by the African American Studies Program (September 14, 2010)

Osher Lifelong Institute, Towson, MD — “The Emancipation Proclamation and the Tactics of Black Liberation in the Americas” (May 20, 2010)

Calvert Library of Prince Frederick, MD — “Dr. Martin Luther King’s Civic Practice: Building Inclusive Communities in a Divisive World,” Maryland Humanities Council, co-sponsored by the Concerned Black Women of Calvert County (May 8, 2010)

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD — “Is Washington Broken? How to Fix the American Political System,” Mudd Hall, College Independents panel discussion (May 4, 2010)
The Johns Hopkins News-Letter

The Coffee Party USA, Washington, D.C. — “Being Politically Independent & Ending Partisan Warfare” live-streamed meeting (April 15, 2010)

New York, NY — “Supplementary Education: Achievement or Development Gap?” History Academic Advisory Committee presentation (April 11, 2010)

Osher Lifelong Institute, Towson, MD — “Islam and the African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World” Lectures in the Social Sciences (April 8, 2010)

College of Charleston, SC — “The Making of Black Populism in the New South,” Race, Labor, and Citizenship in the Post-Emancipation South Conference, panel on Southern Populism and the Color Line: New Research and Interpretations (March 12, 2010)

Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD – “The Emancipation Proclamation and the Tactics of Black Liberation in the Americas,” Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (February 20, 2010)

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, New York, NY – “Interviews by a Black independent” Monthly Meeting of Dr. Lenora B. Fulani (February 19, 2010)

The University of North Carolina, Greensboro – “Black Populism in the New South: A Post-Emancipation Political Movement in the African Diaspora,” African American Studies Program research presentation (February 2, 2010)

2009

Albert S. Cook Library, Towson, MD  – “Contextualizing James McBride’s Song Yet Sung: Blackness and Antislavery Action in Maryland and the Antebellum Chesapeake” Book Club Inaugural Lecture (October 30, 2009)

Cathy L. Stewart Politics for the People Series, Independence Party, New York County Lawyer’s Association – “A Brief History of How Independents Have Expanded American History”  (May 9, 2009)

All Stars, Inc./Development School for Youth, New York, NY –  President’s Day Master Class “How Obama Became the First African American President” (February 16, 2009)

Vanderbilt University, Divinity School and Kelly Miller Institute on Black Church Studies, Nashville, TN – “Islam and the Abolition of Slavery in the Indian Ocean” (February 5, 2009)

Fulbright Alumni Lecture Series, Colombo, Sri Lanka – “Islam and the Abolition of Slavery in the Indian Ocean” (January 16, 2009)

2008

Osher Lifelong Institute, Towson, MD – “African Civilizations and the Making of the Diaspora” Lectures in the Social Sciences (April 17, 2008)

Teaching American History in Authentic Baltimore Program, Baltimore, MD – Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Towson University, Baltimore City Heritage Area, and The Baltimore City Public School System partnership (July 14-18, 2008)

Cathy L. Stewart Politics for the People, Independence Party, New York, NY – “In the Balance of Power: Independent Black Politics and Third Party Movements,” (March 30, 2008

Towson University, MD – African and African-American Studies Program Black History Month event, Reading of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “The Power of Non-Violence” and “Letter from Birmingham City Jail” (February 4, 2008)

Hood College, Frederick, MD – “Dr. King’s Civic Practice: Building Inclusive Communities in a Diverse World,” Rosenstock Auditorium, Sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council, Office of Minority Affairs, and the NAACP of Frederick (January 30, 2008) photo

Learning Center, Inc., Baltimore, MD – “Emmett Till as Catalyst of the Modern Civil Rights Movement,” Sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council (January 25, 2008)

Frederick Douglass Isaac Myers Maritime Park, Baltimore, MD – “Dr. King and Civic Engagement,” Sponsored by Business Volunteers Unlimited Maryland and Volunteer Central and the Maryland Humanities Council (January 21, 2008)

Fort Myer Military Community Center, Fort Myer, VA – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Lecture (January 10, 2008) photo

2007

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN – Program in African American and Diaspora Studies, “Black Populism: An Independent Political Response to Agrarian Labor Subjugation in North America” (November 14, 2007)

University of Liverpool, U.K. – “Muslim Africans in the Iberian Atlantic, 1521-1888″ Rethinking the Iberian Atlantic conference (September 14, 2007) photo

Cape Coast, Ghana – Fulbright-Hays lectures, “The Portuguese, Dutch, and British Slave Trade in the Atlantic: A View from the Castles of El Mina and Cape Coast” (June 30-July 1, 2007)

All Stars Project, New York – Co-moderator, “The Police and Our Young People: What is their Relationship?” conference  (June 20, 2007)

Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, D.C. – Washington Area Legal History Roundtable Panel commentator: “Comparative History of Slavery and its Abolition” (April 20, 2007)

Towson University, MD – African and African-American Studies respondent for panel discussion “Roots and Routes: Reflections on the Life of Olaudah Equiano” (February 20, 2007)

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN – Program in African American and Diaspora Studies, “The African Diaspora as Methodology” (January 19, 2007)

2006

Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá – “Raza y Nacion” grupo de estudios seminar, Department of History (December 5, 2006)

Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá – “Resistencia a la Esclavitud, Palenques, y Abolicionismo en las Américas,” Public Lecture sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, UNAL, and Fulbright Commission Colombia (November 21, 2006)

Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia – “Independencia Negra en la Diaspora Africana: Del Abolicionismo a la Independencia Politica en el Hemisferio Occidental,” Catedra Fulbright (August 30, 2006)

Organization of American Historians, Washington, D.C. – “Black Populism in the New South,” panel presentation for “Race and American Citizenship: Civic Identity and Political Organizing After Reconstruction”  (April 20, 2006)

Guest Lecture for “Modern Latin American History,” Towson University, MD – “Slave Resistance, Maroonage, and Abolitionism in the Americas”  (April 13, 2006)

“The Modern Civil Rights Movement and its Independent Political Legacy,” lecture for Black History Month sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta fraternity and the African and African-American Studies Program, Towson University, MD (February 28, 2006)

2005

Southern Historical Association, Atlanta, GA – “Black Populism in the New South: The Mothers, Daughters, and Sisters of the Movement,” national conference panel “Black and White Populism in the New South” (November 5, 2005)

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia – “Abolicionismo en América: Hacia un Estudio Comparativo de Historia Mundial,” Colonial Americas Studies Organization International Interdisciplinary Symposium (August 11, 2005)

Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX – “Black Populism and Independent Black Politics,” University Lecture, sponsored by the John B. Coleman Library (February 17, 2005)

Towson University, Towson, MD – “American History: Civil Rights, Jim Crow, Race Riots, and Lynching,” Lunch presentation with Dr. Joanne M. Martin (President, The Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Inc.), sponsored by the Office of University Resources (February 9, 2005)

2004

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Little Rock, AK – “Black Populist leadership in the late 19th Century,” national conference (October 22, 2004)

Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Pittsburgh, PA – “Black Populism in the New South,” national convention (October 2, 2004)

Bronx Community College, Bronx, NY – “Two Decades of Independent Black Politics: A Contemporary Review,” Colston Hall, sponsored by the New York Independence Party Politics and the People Series (July 31, 2004)

King’s College, Wilkes Barre, PA – “Postmodern Populism and the Independent Voter,” McCormick Campus Ministry Center, sponsored by the campus Green Party (March 26, 2004)

2003

Civil Rights 2003: Justice for All, Dallas, TX – “The History of Political Independents as Second-Class Citizens” (October 25, 2003)

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI – Phi Beta Sigma and NAACP sponsored lecture on Choosing an Independent 2004 (October 18, 2003)

The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill – “The Role of Independents in Public Policy-Making,” Lecture sponsored by the Minority Affairs Committee of the Executive Branch of Student Government (October 3, 2003)

East Carolina University, Greenville, NC – “We Don’t Need a Political Party! We Need Political Power!” Independent Movement of Independent Thinkers (IM IT) (October 2, 2003)

Keene State College, Keene, NH – “What It Means to Be an Independent,” Political Science lecture (April 7, 2003)

2002

Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA – “Understanding the Past, Present, and Future of the Independent Political Movement in America,” Stanford in Government Public Policy Forum (November 20, 2002)
The Daily Stanford

University of California, Berkeley, CA – “For the American People, Independent of the Special Interests,” Harris Seminar Series, Institute of Government Studies (November 19, 2002)
Public Affairs Report

University of California, Los Angeles, CA – “Independent Politics,” (November 14, 2002)
The Daily Bruin

Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA – “The Role of Independents in the 2004 Presidential Election,” (November 13, 2002)
The Fortnightly

North Austin Muslim Community Center, Austin Texas (November 8, 2002)

University of Texas, Austin, Austin, TX – “The History of Independent Political Movements and Current Developments,” History Graduate Council and Campus Independent Texans (November 7, 2002)

Rice University, Houston, TX – “The Emergence of a New Independent Movement,” Sponsored by the Black Student Association & NAACP student chapter (November 6, 2002))

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX – “The Legal Barriers to Political Independents in the United States,” The Federalist Law Students Society (November 4, 2002)

Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS – Lecture sponsored by the Government Student Association and the campus chapter of the NAACP (October 30, 2002)

University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL – Political Science Department address (October 28, 2002)

Miles College, Birmingham, AL – Political Science lecture (October 28, 2002)

East Carolina University, Greenville, NC – Council on Minority Student Affairs (October 24, 2002)

Duke University, Durham, NC – Graduate School of Journalism and Public Policy (October 23, 2002)

Spelman College, Atlanta, GA – Political Science and International Relations (October 22, 2002)

Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA – Political Science Club (October 21, 2002)
The Sentinel

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL – School of Journalism and Political Science Department (October 17, 2002)

New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ – Institute of Urban Public Policy (October 15, 2002)

Princeton University, NJ – American Whig-Cliosophic Society and Ideas in Action and Student Discourse, Whig Hall Senate Chamber (October 10, 2002)
Daily Princetonian

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA – Students for Social Justice (October 9, 2002)

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA – Department of African American Studies and Graduate Student Union (October 8, 2002)

American University, DC – Guest Lecture, Political Science Department class “Political Parties” (October 4, 2002)

University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire – “Where is the Independent Voice in U.S. Foreign Policy? For the American People, Independent of the Special Interests,” College Independents and Campus Greens (October 2, 2002)
The Spectator and The Flipside

Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI – Phi Sigma Alpha (October 1, 2002)
Central Michigan Life

Kent State University, Aurora, OH – “Key Political Reform Issues at the State and National Level,” Center for Public Administration & Public Policy (September 27, 2002)

Wittenberg University, OH – Guest Lecture, Political Science Department Seminar “Political Parties & Interest Groups” (September 26, 2002)

Ohio University, Athens, OH- “For the American People, Independent of the Special Interests,” Keynote Address, Black Graduate Council (September 25, 2002)
The Post (Associated Press)

Wright State University, OH – Guest Lecture, Political Science Department class, “Political Parties” (September 25, 2002)
The Guardian

Yale University, Yale Political Union – “The Two-Party System is Undemocratic,” Keynote Address, New Haven, CT (September 17, 2002)
Yale Daily News

Wesleyan University, College of Social Sciences – “Those Who Make the Rules, Rule,” Lunch Speakers Series, Middletown, CT (September 16, 2002)

Committee for a Unified Independent Party, Inc. – “Those Who Make the Rules, Rule,” white paper, New York, NY (September 4, 2002)

New York University, World History Institute – “Creating a Framework for World History: 1750-1914,” The American Forum for Global Education, New York, NY (August 22, 2002)

St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY – “The New Coalition in New York: Black, Latino, and White Independents,” (April 26, 2002)

Columbia University, New York, NY – “Independent Politics and the African American Community in the 20th Century” (April 22, 2002)

Bronx Community College, Bronx, NY – “Generation Independent” (April 15, 2002)

Northeastern University, Boston, MA – “Independent Politics and Political Reform: How Young Voters are Transforming Political Culture in the U.S.” (February 28th, 2002)

2001

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University – “Black Populists in the 1890s: The Lecturers and Organizers of the Colored Farmers’ Alliance and the People’s Party” Conference on Innovative Perspectives in History (March 17, 2001)

2000

Fordham University, Bronx, NY – “The American Revolution in World History,” Department of History, Lecture (October 11, 2000)

Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY – “Africa in the Making of the Modern World,” Department of History, Lecture (April 20, 2000)

1999

“Slave Resistance and Revolts in North America,” Department of History, Graduate Seminar St. John’s University, Queens, NY (February 9, 1999)

1998

“Preliminary research for writing a history of the Colored Farmers Alliance in the Populist movement: 1886-1896,” Department of History, Columbia University, NY (May 11, 1998)


Consulting

AP Global Challenge, Office of Academic Initiatives, College Board (2014)

College Board, History Academic Advisory Committee, New York (2009-2014)

UX, All Stars Project, “Black History as American History” (2014)

North Carolina Humanities Council, Lead Scholar, Summer Institute “Muslim Journeys: Islam and its Many Roads” (2013)

Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Scholarly Residency Program, Institute of International Education (2008-present)

World History Association, Teaching Prize Committee (2007-2012)

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, New York (2010-2011)

Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute (2011)

W.W. Norton, History Media survey (2011)

Educational Testing Service, SAT II World History Test Development Committee, Princeton, NJ (2008-2010)

University of Maryland University College, African American Studies, Content Expert/Author, Adelphi, MD (2008-2009)

Teaching American History – U.S. Department of Education, Partnership between Baltimore City Public School System, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History,  Baltimore City Heritage Area, and Towson University, MD (2008-2010)

Maryland Humanities Council, Speakers Bureau, Baltimore, MD (2008-2010)

Fulbright-Hays – U.S. Department of Education, Accra, Elmina, and Cape Coast, Ghana (2007)

College Board & Educational Testing Service, Advanced Placement-World History, Reader (2002-2007)

The Castillo Theatre, New York, NY (2005)

Pearson Education, Higher Education Group, World History document source book; African American History text book; World History text book, Upper Saddle River, NJ (2004-2005, 2011)

WNJU Channel 47-Telemundo, NBC affiliate, New York, NY (2003-2005)

Center for Contemporary Black History, “Malcolm X Digital Project,” Columbia University, New York, NY (2003)

History Channel International, “Mansa Musa: Biographies in World History,” New York, NY (2001)


Service at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

University Chancellor Search Committee (Leadership Statement Sub-Committee), 2014-2015

University Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Search Committee, 2013-2014

University Committee on Honorary Degrees, Office of the Provost, 2014-present

Advisory Board, Integrative Community Studies, Office of Research and Economic Development, 2014-present

Faculty Adviser, Student Advisory Council to the UNCG Police, 2015-present

Campus Security Authority, Lloyd International Honors College, for UNCG Police Department, 2015-present

Faculty Adviser, The Carolinian, 2015-present

Faculty Fulbright Interview Committee, International Programs Center, 2011-present

Faculty Mentor, Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons, 2014-2015

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Keynote Speaker Selection Committee, UNCG and NC A&T, 2014

Advisory Board,  Department of Human Resources, 2014-2015

Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives, College of Arts & Sciences, 2013-2015

Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, 2013-2015

Director of Graduate Studies, African American & African Diaspora Studies Program, 2011-2015

Lloyd International Honors College, African American & African Diaspora Studies Program Liaison, 2010-2013

Advisory Committee, College of Arts & Sciences Diversity Initiatives, 2011-2013

University Scholars Program, reviewer, 2013-2014

House Calls, University Housing, participant, 2011-2013

Faculty Adviser, Black Business Student Association, 2012-2015

Faculty Adviser, Black Student Union, 2011-2014

Doctoral Dissertation Committees:

Virginia Summey (History Department)

Juldeh Tejan-Sie (School of Education)

Esther Mulusa (English Department)

Master’s Thesis Committee:

Stacey Lawless (History Department)


Administrative and Management Experience

Interim Dean, Lloyd International Honors College- starting August 2015
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives, The College of Arts & Sciences – 2013-2015
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Director of Graduate Studies, African American & African Diaspora Studies Program – 2011-2015
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Program Director, Clemente Course in the Humanities – 2001-2006
Bard College and New Jersey Council for the Humanities, link

Director of Research and Education – 2000-2004
IndependentVoting.org, New York

Research Coordinator, University Development and Alumni Relations – 1996-2001
Columbia University, New York

Public Information Officer, Dag Hammarskjöld Library and Department of Public Information – 1993-1995
United Nations, New York


Media Appearances

 CNN Race and Politics

Television, Cable, and Live Streaming:

Time Warner Cable News, ABC45/WXLV-TV, “Flags on Roof’s Jacket of South Africa and Rhodesia Give Insight to his Pride, Angst,” Greensboro, NC (June 18, 2015) link

The New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, “Maroons Revisted: History and Stories,” New York (June 11, 2015) link

Time Warner Cable News, ABC45/WXLV-TV, “Media’s Role on the Public’s View of Muslims,” Winston-Salem, NC (April 29, 2015) link

Time Warner Cable News, ABC45/WXLV-TV, “Social Media’s Online Outreach May Have Affected Riots,” Winston-Salem, NC (April 28, 2015) link

Time Warner Cable News, ABC45/WXLV-TV, “Muslim Students in North Carolina,” Winston-Salem, NC (April 18, 2015) link

ABC News, Channel 7, “Race,” Triad Today with Jim Longsworth, Winston-Salem, High Point, Greensboro, NC (April 4 2015) link

Fox News 8, “Hundreds Gather in Greensboro to Mourn Three Victims of Fatal Chapel Hill Shooting,” Greensboro, NC (February 12, 2015)

Fox News 8, “‘Beyond Academics’ Program Helps Students with Disabilities,” Greensboro, NC (February 24, 2014)

CBS News, Channel 2, “Candidates Make Final Push Ahead of Tuesday’s Election,” Greensboro, NC (November 1, 2013)

Channel 12 News, “Non-Partisan Politics,” Winston-Salem, NC (October 31, 2013)

CBS News, Channel 2, “Government Shutdown,” Greensboro, NC (October 15, 2013)

C-SPAN 3, “Changing Culture by Changing our Performance,” Panel on the Independent Voter Movement, New York University Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York City (February 16, 2013)

CBS News, Channel 2, “GED challenge,” Greensboro, NC (May 14, 2013)

WRAL-TV, “Redesigning Democracy Summit,” Institute for Emerging Issues, James B. Hunt, Jr. Library, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (December 9, 2012)

CBS News, Channel 2, “The Future of the GOP,” Morning Show, Greensboro, NC (November 7, 2012)

CBS News, Channel 2, “Who Rose to the Occasion in the Final Presidential Debate?” Greensboro, NC (October 22, 2012)

CBS News, Channel 2, “Why Undecided Voters are Still Unsure” Greensboro, NC (October 17, 2012)

Fox News 8, “Negative Political Ads: Do They Work?” High Point, NC (October 17, 2012)

CBS News, Channel 2, Vice Presidential Debate Coverage, Greensboro, NC (October 1, 2012)

Fox News 8, “The Impact of the Presidential Debates,” Highpoint, NC (October 3, 2012)

HuffPost Live with Marc Lamont Hill, “Hot on HuffPost Front,” New York, NY (September 25, 2012)

CBS News, Channel 2, DNC Coverage: “Tension Between Parties At All Time High,” Charlotte, NC (September 6, 2012)

CBS News, Channel 2, DNC Coverage: “Political Paradox: Gay Marriage Platform,” Charlotte, NC (September 6, 2012)

Black Network Television, “Democratic National Convention,” Right on the Left, Greensboro, NC (September 5, 2012)

CBS News, Channel 2, “UNCG Professor: What to Expect from the DNC Speeches,” Greensboro, NC (September 4, 2012)

CBS News, Channel 2, “A Look at the Swing State Myths,” Greensboro, NC (September 4, 2012)

CNN Newsroom with Gary Tuchman, “Race and the Politics of Voting,” Raleigh, NC (September 1, 2012)

Black Network Television, “GOP Nomination Convention”, Right on the Left, Greensboro, NC (August 30, 2012)

CBS News, Channel 2, “The Non-Voters: Getting Them to Vote in November,” Greensboro, NC (August 29, 2012)

CNN Newsroom with Don Lemon, “Independents and the 2012 Election” Raleigh, North Carolina (August 25, 2012)

CBS News, Channel 2, “Governor’s Race and Recall in Wisconsin,” Greensboro, NC (June 5, 2012)

CBS News, Channel 2, “Redisctricting in North Carolina,” Greensboro, NC (February 20, 2012)

CBS News, Channel 2, “The Florida Republican Primary,” Greensboro, NC (January 31, 2012)

CBS News, Channel 2, “Why We Need To Care About the Iowa Caucus,” Greensboro, NC (January 3, 2012)

Dactilares.net “¿Democracia en EE.UU?” con Ramiro Camarillo, Phoenix, AZ (December 5, 2011)

CBS News, Channel 2, “What Can be Done About Balancing Representation in Congress?” Greensboro, NC (November 18, 2011)

CBS News, Channel 2, “2011 Election Complete, What Does it Mean for 2012?” Greensboro, NC (November 9, 2011)

CBS News, Channel 2, Good Morning Show, “Political Dissatisfaction, Political Sparring” Greensboro, NC (November 4, 2011)

CBS News, Channel 2, “President Obama’s Visit to North Carolina” Greensboro, NC (October 16, 2011)

CBS News, Channel 2, “Why Don’t We Vote?” Greensboro, NC (October 11, 2011)

CBS News, Channel 2, “Why Aren’t We Voting Online Now?” Greensboro, NC (October 6, 2011)

CBS News, Channel 2, “Voter Discontent and Low Voter Turnout” Greensboro, NC (September 22, 2011)

CNN, “Independent Voices in the Debt Debate” Girardot, Colombia (August 1, 2011)

C-SPAN 3: “Can Independents Reform America?” New York City (February 12, 2011)

CNN, “Independents on the Healthcare Bill” Washington, DC (March 22, 2010)

CNN, “Can Independents Help Ease Partisanship?” Washington, DC (February 29, 2010)

CNN, “Broken Government?” Washington, DC (February 21, 2010)  transcript

CNN, “President Obama’s Job Approval?” Washington, DC (February 14, 2010)

CNN, “Independents’ Cup of Tea?” Towson, MD (February 6, 2010)

CNN Newsroom with Don Lemon, “Who are America’s Independents?” Baltimore, MD (January 31, 2010)

News Channel 9, “Black History Month: Should it Exist?” New York, NY (February 16, 2009)

News Channel 5: “Open Line: 2008 Presidential Election,” Nashville, TN (November 12, 2008)

News Channel 5: “Inside Politics,” Nashville, TN (October 17, 2008)

Al Jazeera English: International cable news, “Inside USA: Examining Obama’s Policies” (September 12, 2008)  2:05 photo

Al Jazeera English, “Obama — Change Candidate?” (June 4, 2008)

Al Jazeera English, “The Obama Phenomenon” (February 20, 2008)

WNJU Channel 47: “El Barrio: East Harlem” New York (February 24, 2005)

PVAMU-TV Channel 35: “Black Populism and Independent Black Politics,” Prairie View, TX (February 17, 2005)

Telemundo, WNJU Channel 47: “The Transformation of Manhattan’s Meatpacking District,” New York (January 28, 2005)

Telemundo, WNJU Channel 47: “100th Anniversary of Times Square,” New York (November 16, 2004)

Telemundo, WNJU Channel 47: “Independent and Latino voters: National Republican Party coverage,” New York (September 1, 2004)

Telemundo, WNJU Channel 47: “A History of Roma Migrations,” New York (July 27, 2004)

Telemundo, WNJU Channel 47: “The New York City Draft Riots of 1863,” New York (November 11, 2003)

DCTV Channel 27: “Civil Rights 2003 Conference: Justice for All,” Dallas, TX (October 25, 2003)

C-SPAN 2: “Choosing an Independent President: CUIP national conference,” New York (January 19, 2003) link

WYBE-TV Channel 35: “Philly Live: Your International Connection,” Philadelphia, PA (January 14, 2003)

KADL-TV Channel 10: “Beyond the Beltway,” Los Angeles, CA (November 15, 2002)

WQOW-TV Channel 18, ABC affiliate: Eau Claire, WI (October 2, 2002)

WOUB-TV Channel 20: Athens, OH (September 25, 2002)

NY1 News, “Comments,” with Andrew Kirtzman, New York, NY (April 1999)

Documentaries:

“Reclaiming Democracy,” Reclaiming Democracy project of Bennett College, Elon University, Greensboro College, Guilford College, A&T, and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro link

“Introduction to the African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World,” Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library link

“Transforming America: U.S. History Since 1877,” PBS link

“Can Independents Reform America? National Conference of Independents” CUIP, Inc.

“Battleground for a New Generation: A Documentary on Youth and Voting,” Windline Film Productions  link 5:42

“The Many Faces of Islam” Pakistan Chronicle

 

Radio and Podcasts:

NPR, WFDD 88.5 FM, “UNCG Historian: Greensboro Bill Defies NC History of Local Control,” Winston-Salem, NC (March 18, 2015) link

NPR, WUNC 91.5 FM, “‘Elections Should Be Public Affairs’ — NC Independents Protest Voting Rules,” Independent Voters,” Durham, NC (May 6, 2014)

NPR, WUNC 91.5 FM, “Meet Omar Ali,” The State of Things with Frank Stasio, Durham, NC (November 6, 2012)

KPFK, 90.7 FM; WPRR, 95.3 FM; WAZU, 90.7 FM; KPFT 90.1 FM, 89.5 FM, “Third Parties and Independent Political Movements,” Scholar’s Circle with Maria Armoudian, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Santa Barbara, CA; Grand Rapids, MI; Peoria, IL; Houston and Galveston, TX (September 14, 2012)

NPR, WUNC 91.7 FM, “Independents Wary of Convention,” Greensboro, NC (August 30, 2012)

NPR, KALW 91.7 FM, “Who are the independents?” House Call with Rose Aguilar, San Francisco, CA (August 27, 2012)

NPR, WUNC 91.5 FM, “The Impact of Independent Voters,” The State of Things with Frank Stasio, Triad Stage, Greensboro, NC (January 24, 2012)

WBAI 99.5 FM, “People of Color and Third Party Election Movements,” Chaulk Dust with Sol McCants, New York, NY (January 2012)

NPR, WUNC 91.5 FM, “Race and Occupy Wall Street,” The State of Things with Frank Stasio, Durham, NC (November 15, 2011) link

NPR, WFDD 88.5 FM, “Independent Voters Want President’s Attention,” Winston-Salem, NC (October 20, 2011) link

NPR, WFDD 88.5 FM, “Islam, Democracy, and History,” Special Edition of Voices and Viewpoints, (September 9, 2011) link

WBAI 99.5 FM, “In the Lion’s Mouth,” Wake Up, New York, NY, (June 20, 2011)

NPR, WFDD 88.5, “Muslim Responses to Death of Bin Laden,” Winston-Salem, NC (May 2, 2011)

WBAI 99.5 FM, “Africans in Asia: The Arts and Music of Siddis in India,” Arts in New York, NY (April 15, 2011)

WJLD 104.1 FM, “Saturday Morning Talk” with Bobby D, Birmingham, AL (January 22, 2011)

WBHK KISS 98.7 FM, “Talk Back” with Julius White, Birmingham, AL (January 14, 2011)

NPR, WFDD 88.5, “Views and Viewpoint” with Denise Franklin, “Islam and Democracy in the United States” (November 19, 2010)

National Public Radio, WFDD FM 88.5, “The Rise of Unaffiliated Voters” Winston-Salem, NC (November 2, 2010) link

Michael Eric Dyson nationally-syndicated radio show, “Independent Voters” (October 8, 2010) link

Michael Eric Dyson nationally-syndicated radio show, “The Independent Movement” (September 6, 2010) link

WEAA 88.9 FM, Maryland Public Radio, “Listen Up!” with Justin Jones Fosu, Baltimore, Maryland (May 28, 2010) link

King Politics podcast with Dr. Marvin P. King, Jr., Oxford, Mississippi (January 7, 2009) link

BlogTalkRadio with Nancy Hanks, New York, New York (January 6, 2009) link

IndependentVoting.org with Jacqueline Salit, New York, New York (October 2009) link

WLIB 1190 AM, “Politics Plus” with Mark Riley, New York, New York  (September 25, 2008)

WAOK 1380 AM, News and Talk, “The Right Side with Shelley Wynter,” Atlanta, Georgia  (February 20, 2008) link

Mediatracks national radio syndication, “Slavery in the Aftermath of the American Civil War” (September 30-October 6, 2007) link

KMYX 92.5 FM, La Campsesina Radio, “California Redistricting and the Independent Voter,” Bakersfield, CA (April 5, 2005)

WTPL 107.7 FM, NPR affiliate – Arnie Arneson Show, Manchester, New Hampshire (January 9, 2004)

SFLR 93.7 FM, “Liberation Radio,” San Francisco, California (November 23, 2002)

KNON 89.3 FM, Dallas, Texas (November 4, 2002)

WBHK KISS 98.7 FM, “Talkback,” Birmingham, Alabama (October 27, 2002)

WJLD 1400 AM, Birmingham, Alabama (October 25, 2002)

WZMB 91.3 FM, Greenville, North Carolina (October 24, 2002)

WAOK 1380 AM, Rob Redding Show, Atlanta, Georgia (October 22, 2002)

WRUF 103.7 FM, Gainesville, Florida (October 17, 2002)

WCMU 89.5 FM, NPR affiliate – Mount Pleasant, Michigan (October 1, 2002)

WYSO 91.3 FM, NPR affiliate – Yellow Springs, Ohio (September 26, 2002)

WUSO 89.1 FM, The Berg, Springfield, Ohio (September 26, 2002)

WRNB 96.9 FM, Dayton, Ohio (September 23, 2002)

WQUN AM 1220, Hamden, Connecticut (September 16, 2002)

WYBC 94.3 FM and 1340 AM, “The Electric Drum,” New Haven, Connecticut (September 14, 2002)


National Board Membership:

All Stars Project, Inc. (Board of Directors, 2011-present) link

IndependentVoting.org (Board of Directors, 2003-present) link

Child Literacy (Advisory Board member, 2005-present) link


North Carolina Affiliations:

Community Play!/All Stars Greensboro (2014-present) link

Scholars for a Progressive North Carolina (2012-present) link

North Carolina Independents (2010-present) link


Community Service Recognition and Civic Awards:

David D. Jones Elementary, Guilford County Public Schools, Greensboro, NC (2013)

Anti-Corruption Award, New York County Independence Party, New York, NY (2011)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Fort Myer Military Community Center, Fort Myer, VA (2008)

Otto René Castillo Theatre, All Stars Project, New York, NY (2005)

TEDxGreensboro 2015 Omar Ali