SUBJECT: Lloyd International Honors College Interim Dean Appointment
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Omar Ali has been appointed to a two-year term as Interim Dean of the Lloyd International Honors College. He will assume his role August 1. Outgoing Dean Pubantz will work with Dr. Ali in the coming months to ensure a smooth leadership transition. I thank the nominating committee headed by Dr. Penelope Pynes for their good work in facilitating this appointment.
Dr. Ali is Associate Professor of Comparative African Diaspora History in the African American and African Diaspora Studies Program, with affiliated faculty appointments in the Department of History and International Global Studies. An honors graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, he studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies before receiving his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University in New York.
Dr. Ali’s scholarly work centers on the history of independent black political movements in the United States, Islam in the Indian Ocean world, and black resistance to slavery in Latin America. He has had a distinguished career in international and global education, beginning in the Department of Public Information and the Dag Hammarskjold Library of the United Nations. He taught as a Fulbright Professor of History and Anthropology at Universidad Nacional de Colombia and has served as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC-Chapel Hill and as a Library Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University.
He is the author of four books, his latest being Malik Ambar: Abyssinian Defender of India’s Deccan, to be published by Oxford University Press. His other books include Islam in the Indian Ocean World, Black Populism in the New South, and In the Balance of Power: Independent Black Politics and Third Party Politics, the latter having been described as a “landmark work” by the National Political Science Review.
Dr. Ali is the 2014 recipient of the UNCG College of Arts and Sciences Teaching excellence award. His courses include The Making of the African Diaspora, Black Populism in the New South and Islam, Africa and the Diaspora. At UNCG, with colleagues in the History and Religious Studies departments, he established the Islamic Studies Research Network to bring attention to Islamic history and culture globally.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Ali to his new role. I am confident he will work collaboratively with the Honors College staff and university community to build upon the strong foundation of the Lloyd International Honors College.