Focus areas: Sub-Saharan migration and transnationalism, African migration into Europe and racial politics in North Africa

Hisham Aidi's research interests include cultural globalization and the political economy of race and social movements. He received his PhD in political science from Columbia University, and has taught at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, and at the Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of Redeploying the State (Palgrave 2008) a comparative study of neo-liberalism and labor movements in Latin America; and co-editor, with Manning Marable, of Black Routes to Islam (Palgrave 2009).

In 2002-2003, Aidi was a consultant for UNDP's Human Development Report.   From 2000-2003,  he was part of Harvard University's Encarta Africana project, and worked as a cultural reporter, covering youth culture and immigration in Harlem and the Bronx, for Africana, The New African and ColorLines.  More recently, his work has appeared in The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, The New Yorker and Salon.  Since 2007, he has been a contributing editor of Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Culture, Politics and Society.  Aidi is the author most recently of Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture (Pantheon 2014), a study of American cultural diplomacy. 



American Book Award (2015)  

Open Society Global Fellowship (2010-2012)  

Carnegie Scholar Award (2008-2009) 

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2000)



Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture (Pantheon 2014)

Black Routes to Islam (co-editor with Manning Marable) (Palgrave 2009)

Redeploying the State: Corporatism, Neoliberalism and Coalition Politics (Palgrave 2008)



Institute of African Studies 

Institute for Research in African-American Studies 

Aidi teaches the MIA survey course 'Conceptual Foundations of International Politics,' and seminars in SIPA's summer program.