Sierra Leonean-American scholar and peace activist Dr. Abdul Karim Bangura, born August 26, 1953, is proudly one of the most educated people in the world boasting of five PhDs to prove!
A well read multilingual fluent in about a dozen African and six European languages, he holds 5 doctorate degrees, has published 66 books and over 600 research papers.
Dr. Bangura holds a Ph.D. in Political Science, a Ph.D. in Development Economics, a Ph.D. in Linguistics, a Ph.D. in Computer Science, a B.A. in International Studies, an M.A. in International Affairs, a Graduate Diploma in the Social Sciences (Stockholms Universitet), an M.S. in Linguistics
Dr. Abdul Karim Bangura is a Professor of Research Methodology and Political Science at Howard University, Special Envoy of the African Union Peace and Security Council, a Senior Mentor of the CODESRIA College of Mentors and a Researcher-in-Residence of Abrahamic Connections and Islamic Peace Studies at American University’s Center for Global Peace, an assistant professor of International Relations, the coordinator of the B.A. in International Studies–International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) focus, the coordinator of the Islamic Lecture Series, the coordinator of the National Conference on undergraduate Research (NCUR), and the faculty advisor of 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, the United Nations Ambassador of the Association of Third World Studies (ATWS), and the director of The African Institution in Washington, DC.
Between 1993 to 2000, Bangura taught Political Science and International Studies, served as Special Assistant to the President and Provost, and founded and directed The Center for Success at Bowie State University of the University of Maryland System. He also has taught at Georgetown University, Howard University and Sojourner-Douglass College.
Amongst his many publications are:
Minimizing a Person’s Chances of Becoming Intoxicated: A Handbook on Alcohol Awareness, Alcohol Intervention Institute (Silver Spring, MD), 1990.
Multilingualism and Diglossia in Sierra Leone, Brunswick Publishing (Lawrenceville, VA), 1991.
The Limitations of Survey Research Methods in Assessing the Problem of Minority Student Retention in Higher Education, Mellen Research University Press (San Francisco, CA), 1992.
Washington, DC’s Challenges, Publishers Choice Press (New York, NY), 2006. To name but a few.
Dr. Abdul Karim Bangura’s impeccable resume and influence has fetched him over 200 prestigious teaching, scholarly and community awards and honours including;
Distinguished Scholar Award, Middle Atlantic Writers Association, 1995; certificate of achievement, Caribbean Association of Professionals and Scholars, 1996; Topp’s African-Centered awards, Topps Gourmet Sauce, Inc., 1997 and 1998; certificate of appreciation, Japan-America Student Conference, 2000; African Studies and Research Forum, Africa Excellence in Scholarship Award, 2001, All African Award, 2002, and Excellence in Scholarship and Service Award, 2006; Black History Month Lecture Award, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, 2002; Association of Third World Studies, Distinguished Leadership and Service Award, 2004, and Outstanding Scholar Award, 2006; Dubai International Award, 2006; grants from U.S. Department of Education and National Science Foundation. #BlackExcellence