Committee on Global Thought
- Leitner Family Professor of African Studies
School of International and Public Affairs
Mamadou Diouf is the Leitner Family Professor of African Studies, and the Director of the Institute for African Studies at the School of International and Public Affairs, at Columbia University. Educated primarially in France, Diouf is a renowned West African scholar who has taught in his native Senegal at the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar and guest-lectured at many European and American universities. He previously served as the Charles D. Moody Jr. Collegiate Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Michigan, from 2000 to 2007, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Paris-Sorbonne (France). His research interests include urban, political, social and intellectual history in colonial and postcolonial Africa. His most recent book is 'New Perspectives on Islam in Senegal: Conversion, Migration, Wealth, and Power' (2009), which he wrote with Mara A. Leichtman. Other notable works that he has authored, co-authored or edited include Histoire du Senegal: Le Modele Isalamo-Wolof Et Ses Peripheries (2001), Les Figures du Politique En Afrique, Des Pouvoirs Herites aux Pouvoirs Elus (1999) and Les Jeunes, Hantise de L'Espace Public dans Les Societes du Sud, (Autrepart, 18, 2001). He is also a member of the editorial board of several professional journals including the Journal of African History (Cambridge), Psychopathologie Africaine (Dakar), la vie des idées.fr (Paris), and Public Culture. He is also the co-editor (with Peter Geschiere) of the book series 'Histoires du Sud/Histories of the South' published by Karthala, Paris and 'New National Histories in Africa' published by Palgrave MacMillan..