Dr. Omar H. Ali


Dr. Omar H. Ali


AADS; History; Geography; IGS

(336) 334-5538

Dr. Omar H. Ali is Dean of Lloyd International Honors College and Professor of Global African Diaspora History in the College of Arts & Sciences. He was named The Carnegie Foundation North Carolina Professor of the Year and appointed Knight in the Order of the Academic Palms (Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques) by the French government for his work with teachers around the world. He is a historian of the African Diaspora who explores the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Indian Ocean worlds. Of East Indian and Peruvian descent, Dr. Ali is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science and received his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. He 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. He has appeared on CNN, NPR, and PBS, among other media outlets. He gave a TEDx talk entitled “What’s in a Name?: Islam, History, and Identity.”