For 17 years now (three years for Bowie State University, seven
years forAmerican University, and seven years for Howard University),
the scientificessays of Abdul Karim Bangura’s undergraduate students
have been themost published in the faculty refereed National Conference
onUndergraduate Research Journal, and many others have been published
inother faculty refereed journals. Also, for 14 years now, his graduate
studentsat Howard Universiity and American University have been
the most publishedin refereed and other scholarly journals and books
and have won the mostBest Graduate Student Paper Awards.
A Muslim who attended a Roman Catholic school and served mass
as an AltarBoy in Sierra Leone and studied Judaism under the tutelage
of revered Rabbis in Italy, Bangura is well schooled in the Abrahamic
connections. Wellsought after for television and radio shows, speeches,
lectures, essay andbook manuscript reviews, workshops on research
methodology andteaching/learning strategies, inter-religious dialogues,
training in cross-cultural communication and language usage strategies,
and conflictresolution, Bangura holds a BA in International Studies,
an MA inInternational Affairs, a Graduate Diploma in the Social
Sciences, an MS inLinguistics, a PhD in Political Science, a PhD
in Development Economics, aPhD in Linguistics, a PhD in Computer
Science, and a PhD in Mathematics.
Bangura is currently a professor of Research Methodology and Public
Policy inthe Department of Political Science and coordinator of
the NationalConference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) initiative
at HowardUniversity and a researcher-in-residence of Abrahamic Connections
andIslamic Peace Studies at the Center for Global Peace in the School
ofInternational Service at American University. Before that, he
was a professorof International Relations and Islamic Peace Studies,
a researcher-in-residence at the Center for Global Peace, the coordinator
of the BA inInternational Studies—International Peace and Conflict
Resolution (IPCR)ffocus, the coordinator of the Islamic Lecture
Series, the coordinator of theNCUR, and the faculty advisor of The
Africa Project at the Center for GlobalPeace, 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 StudentAssociation (MSA)
at American University, and the director of The AfricanInstitution
in Washington, DC. From 1993 to 2000, Bangura taught PoliticalScience
and International Studies, served as Special Assistant to thePresident
and Provost, founded and directed The Center for Success at BowieState
University of the University of Maryland System. He also has taught
atGeorgetown University and Sojourner-Douglass College.
Bangura is the author 75 books and more than 600 scholarly articles.
One ofhis recent books titled African Mathematics: From Bones to
Computers is thewinner of the prestigious Cecil B. Curry Book Award.
Bangura is fluent inabout a dozen African and six European languages,
and studying to increasehis proficiency in Arabic, Hebrew, and Hieroglyphics.
He is the recipient ofmany teaching and other scholarly and community
service awards. He is alsoa member of many scholarly organizations,
has served as President and thenUnited Nations Ambassador of the
Association of Third World Studies, and isa Special Envoy of the
African Union Peace and Security Council.