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Ibram Kendi Professor & Director, Antiracist Research & Policy Center History

Additional Positions at AU
Professor, School of International Service
Director, Antiracist Research & Policy Center
PhD, African American Studies. Temple University, 2010;

MA, African American Studies. Temple University, 2007;

BS, African American Studies, & BS, Journalism, Florida A&M University, 2004

Ibram X. Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author and the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. A professor of history and international relations and a frequent public speaker, Kendi is a contributing writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of THE BLACK CAMPUS MOVEMENT, which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize, and STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING: THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF RACIST IDEAS IN AMERICA, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction. At 34 years old, he was the youngest ever winner of the NBA for Nonfiction. Stamped from the Beginning was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and it was nominated for a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and a NAACP Image Award. Stamped was named to several Best Books of 2016 lists, including by the Boston Globe, The Root, The Washington Post, and Buzzfeed. The Washington Post also named Stamped the most ambitious book of 2016. Kendi has published essays in numerous periodicals, including The New York Times, The Guardian, Time, and The Washington Post. He has published fourteen academic essays in books and referred journals, including The Journal of African American History, Journal of Social History, and Journal of Black Studies. Kendi is the co-editor of the new Black Power Series with NYU Press. He has provided commentary on a host of local, national, and international radio and television outlets, including NPR, PBS, CNN, CBS, BBC, Al-Jazeera, NBC, Democracy Now!, and Sirius XM. He has received research fellowships, grants, and visiting appointments from a variety of universities, foundations, professional associations, and libraries, including the American Historical Association, Library of Congress, National Academy of Education, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Brown University, Princeton University, and Duke University. He was named to The Root 100 2017, which listed him as the 29th most influential African American between the ages of 25 and 45 and the second most influential college professor. He was recently honored as a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow. Kendi’s next book is HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST published by One World, an imprint of Random House. CONTACTS Media Inquiries: Rebecca Basu, Senior Public Relations Manager, American University, Speaking Agent: Kathryn Santora, Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau, Publicity Inquiries on HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST: Maria Braeckel, Penguin Random House,; or Stacey Stein, Penguin Random House, Literary Agent: Ayesha Pande, For all other matters, contact Rachel Lee,
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antiracism, racism, modern American and African-American history, racial inequality

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Ibram X. Kendi is an award-winning scholar of racism and antiracism and a New York Times best-selling author. His second book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation, 2016), won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

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