American University of Beirut



​​​Anaheed Al-Hardan

​Anaheed Al-Hardan is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Howard University. Her research is concerned with coloniality and resistance in relation to counter-memory, decolonial knowledges and south-south thought in the Arab World, and has appeared in Journal of Palestine Studies, Qualitative Inquiry, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies and International Sociology. She is the author of the award-winning Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities (Columbia University Press, 2016), joint winner of the 2016 Academic Book Award at the London Palestine Book Awards. Her current book project examines Arab decolonial theory within the context of south-south philosophies of liberation and decolonization. She is a Principal Investigator on Afro-Asian Futures Past.

Previously, Anaheed Al-Hardan was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the American University of Beirut (2014-22), the Arcapita Visiting Professor of Arab Studies at the Middle Institute at Columbia University (2018), Visiting Scholar at the Bandung Humanisms Initiative at the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University (2018), Visiting Fellow at the Berlin Graduate School for the Study of Muslim Cultures and Society at the Free University of Berlin (2017), Research Fellow at the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry (2011-14) and a Doctoral Fellow of the Palestinian American Research Center (2008).

Tariq Mehmood Ali

Tariq Mehmood Ali is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at AUB and an award-winning novelist and filmmaker who writes under his pen-name Tariq Mehmood. Among his six novels are his first Hand On The Sun (Penguin, London: 1983) and his latest You're Not Here (Daraja, Montreal: 2018). A full list of his publications can be found here. Ali has been instrumental in initiating and enhancing the Lotus archive at AUB in cooperation with both the Anis Makdisi Program in Literature and the Archives and Speci​al Collection at the University Libraries which located and purchased the archive​. He is a Co-​Principal Investigator on Afro-Asian Futures Past.

Mjiba Frehiwot

Mjiba Frehiwot is Research Fellow at the Institute for African Studies at the University of Ghana, where she teaches in the History and Politics section. She is also a lecturer in the Pan-African Doctoral Academy sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation at the University of Ghana. She has published on Pan-African education under Nkrumah and on Nkrumah’s social and political thought.​

Mjiba Frehiwot is also a co-host of “Interrogating Africa,” an Institute for African Studies radio program on Radio Univers 105.7 where she discusses innovative trends in African Studies. She wa​s also a key member of the organizing committee for the recent Second Biennial of the Kwame Nkrumah Intellectual and Cultural Festival hosted in June 2017. She was also on the committee for the recent international conference​ commemorating the Sixtieth Anniversary of the All-African Peoples’ Conference which took place at the Institute for African Studies in December 2018. She is a Co-Principal Investigator on Afro-Asian Futures Past.


​​​Faisal M. Garba

Faisal M. Garba is a Senior ​Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cape Town. His research and teaching interests are in African historical sociology, social theory in Africa, and African migration. A full list of his publications can be found here. He has previously held Fellowships at the Center for Humanities Research in Africa at the University of the Western Cape (2017) and at the College of Post-Growth and Democracy ​at the University of Jena in Germany (2014-15). He is a Complementary Investigator on Afro-Asian Futures Past.

Ayesha Omar​​​​

Ayesha Omar is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her research and teaching center on non-western traditions of political theory, with a specific focus on sources from Africa and the Arab world that have been neglected by the western canon. A full list of her publications can be found here. She is the review editor of Theoria: a Journal of Social and Political Theory and the Secretary of the South African Association of Political Science. She is a Complementary Investigator ​on Afro-Asian Futures Past.

​Graduate Student

Gertrude Sarah Aidoo​​

Gertrude Srah Aidoo is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, where she is investigating the role of women in Kwame Nkrumah and Julius Nyerere’s Pan-African political theory. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Af​rican Studies from the University of Cape Coast and a Masters of Philosophy in African Studies from the University of Ghana. Her research interests​ are in African political history, Pan-Africanism, gender and digital communication in Ghana.

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