Professor Abdul Karim Bangura
For 18 consecutive years (eight years for Howard University, seven years for American University, and three years for Bowie State University), from 1998 to 2015, the scientific essays of Abdul Karim Bangura’s undergraduate student researchers (more than 800) were the most published in the faculty refereed National Conference on Undergraduate Research Journal and many other undergraduate researchers (more than 200) were published in other faculty refereed journals. Also, for 15 of those years, his graduate student researchers at Howard University and American University were the most published in refereed and other scholarly journals (more than 300) and books (more than 500) and won the most Best Graduate Student Paper and other prestigious awards (more than 200). His more than 100 doctoral candidates in the CODESRIA College of Mentors very highly, competitively selected from across Africa and funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and his graduate students in the Universidade de Cabo Verde's African Regional Integration Program are now doing the same. In addition, everywhere he has taught, an overwhelming majority of his classes have filled beyond capacity as students in his department and those from other departments, schools, and universities in the consortium enrolled in his courses. Furthermore, he has always received stellar student evaluations.
A Muslim who attended a Roman Catholic school and served mass as an Altar Boy in Sierra Leone and studied Judaism under the tutelage of revered Rabbis in Italy, Bangura is well schooled in the Abrahamic connections. Well sought after for television and radio shows, speeches, lectures, essay and book manuscript reviews, workshops on research methodology and teaching/learning strategies, inter-religious dialogues, training in cross-cultural communication and language usage strategies, gender issues, and conflict resolution, Bangura holds a BA in International Studies, an MA in International Affairs, a Graduate Diploma in the Social Sciences, an MS in Linguistics, a PhD in Political Science, a PhD in Development Economics, a PhD in Linguistics, a PhD in Computer Science, and a PhD in Mathematics.
Bangura is the Dean of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa's College of Senior Mentors in Dakar, Senegal; a researcher-in-residence of Abrahamic Connections and Islamic Peace Studies at the Center for Global Peace at American University and the director of The African Institution, both in Washington, DC; a visiting graduate professor of Regional Integration at the Universidade de Cabo Verde in Praia, Cabo Verde; an external reader of Research Methodology and Municipal Government at the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics in Moscow; an inaugural professor of peace for the International Summer School of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Peshawar in Pakistan; and the international director and adviser of the Centro Cultural Guanin in Santo Domingo Este, Dominican Republic. Before that, he was a professor of Research Methodology and Political Science and coordinator of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) initiative at Howard University (he was the first and only professor from Howard University to address the United Nations); a professor of International Relations and Islamic Peace Studies, a researcher-in-residence at the Center for Global Peace, the coordinator of the BA in International Studies—International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) focus, the coordinator of the Islamic Lecture Series, the coordinator of the NCUR, and the faculty advisor of The Africa Project at the Center for Global Peace, the American University Undergraduate Research Association (AUURA), the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Association (IPCRA), the Student Organization for African Studies (SOFAS) and the Muslim Student Association (MSA) at American University. From 1993 to 2000, Bangura taught Political Science and International Studies courses, served as Special Assistant to the President and Provost, founded and directed The Center for Success at Bowie State University of the University of Maryland System. He also has taught at Georgetown University and Sojourner-Douglass College.
Bangura is the author of more than 100 books and more than 700 scholarly articles. He is the innovator of Ubuntugogy Educational Theory, Consciencist Communication Theory, Ujamaa Communication Theory, Theorem of Accelerated Language Deaths, African Peace Paradigms, Rekh Methodology, Utchā and Uhem Methodology, Behsâu-Pehsa Methodology, Er/Set/Sthenå/S-tut/Tut Methodology, Ubuntugogy Methodology, Ujamaa Methodology, Consciencist Methodology, Hrārā/S-tut/Qeṭ Methodology, and Ai-[t] m’ Såati Methodology . The winner of more than 50 prestigious scholarly and community service awards, among Bangura’s most recent awards are the Cecil B. Curry Book Award for his African Mathematics: From Bones to Computers (the book has been listed by the African American Success Foundation's Book Committee as one of the 21 most significant books ever written by African Americans in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics [STEM] and also listed by the California News Reel and Amazon.com as one of the 47 books that comprise the great African contributions to global civilizations); the Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement’s Miriam Ma’at Ka Re Award for his article titled “Domesticating Mathematics in the African Mother Tongue” published in the Journal of Pan-African Studies; the Special United States Congressional Award for “outstanding and invaluable service to the international community;” the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation’s Award for his scholarly work on ethnic and religious conflict resolution and peacebuilding, and promotion of peace and conflict resolution in conflict areas; and the Moscow Government Department of Multicultural Policy and Intergrational Cooperation Award for the scientific and practical nature of his work on peaceful interethnic and interreligious relations. Bangura is fluent in about a dozen African and six European languages, and studying to increase his proficiency in Arabic, Hebrew, and Hieroglyphics. He is also a member of many scholarly organizations, has served as President and then United Nations Ambassador of the Association of Third World Studies, and is a Special Envoy of the African Union Peace and Security Council and President of the African Studies and Research Forum.
MY LATEST RESEARCH
"Challenging Unpeaceful Metaphors in Our Discourses on Islam as a Strategy to Combat Extremism" (paper presented at the Rethink Institute’s Forum on the Future of Islam titled “Muslim Perspectives on Islamic Extremism” convened at the Rethink Institute, 750 First Street, NW, Washington, DC, December 05, 2015)
"Pan-African Colors: An Africancentric Analysis." Africa Update (vol xxiii, issue 4, Fall 2015:9-27)