Professor Hakim Adi joins UK list of academic giants
By The Ligali Organisation | Mon 5 January 2015
The noted scholar Dr Hakim Adi became the latest of an extremely short list of African British academics to become recognised as a professor.
Despite the presence of numerous gifted African academics across the UK, there are very few formally recognised by higher education institutions with professorships. Across the ‘BME’ community there is a reported 85 ‘ethnic’ minority professors. The exact percentage of how many of these are women or have African and/or African Caribbean heritage is currently unknown.
Earlier in 2014, University College London hosted a public debate responding to the question, ‘Why isn’t My Professor Black?’ Nathan Edwards, Doctoral researcher and creator of the documentary Absent from the Academy, presented research highlighting that of the 18,550 professors in the UK only 85 of these are ‘black’ (and only 17 of the 85 are women).
Prof Hakim Adi at launch of Pan-Africanism and Communism, Berlin, April 2014
Ground breaking work
Professor Hakim Adi who trained as a historian of Africa has research interests that include the history of African diaspora particularly in the twentieth century. His ground breaking work includes the political history of West Africans in Britain, and the influence of Communism and Pan–Africanism on anti-colonial activism.
He is based at the University of Chichester.
Pan-Africanism and Communism: The Communist International, Africa and the Diaspora, 1919-1939