Hisham Aidi

Hisham Aidi

Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs

Hisham Aidi

International Affairs Building, Room 1323

Personal Details

Focus areas: migration and transnational movements; African migration into Europe; race and ethnicity in Northwest 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 University'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 to 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 Nation and The New Yorker. 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 and winner of the American Book Award of 2015.

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

For more recent essays & book chapters, please see: https://columbia.academia.edu/HishamAidi


  • PhD in Political Science, Columbia University


  • Institute of African Studies 
  • Institute for Research in African-American Studies 

Honors and Awards

  • Ford Foundation & Mellon Foundation Grant (Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture - NYPL) (2017-2018)
  • American Book Award (2015)
  • Hip-Hop Scholar of the Year (2015) (Words, Beats & Life magazine)
  • Open Society/Soros Foundation Global Fellow (2011-2012)
  • Carnegie Scholar Award (2008-2009) 
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2000)

Research And Publications

In The Media

Inclusive Prosperity

Funded through the Columbia Provost’s Addressing Racism initiative, the film highlights important links between Harlem and the University

Feb 21 2024