Ibram X. Kendi, one of the nation’s leading scholars and historians of racism, will join Boston University’s faculty on July 1 and launch the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research.
“My hope is that it becomes a premier research center for researchers and for practitioners to really solve these intractable racial problems of our time,” Dr. Kendi said. “Not only will the center seek to make that level of impact, but also work to transform how racial research is done.”
In 2017, Dr. Kendi joined the faculty at American University in Washington, D.C. He held a joint appointment in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of International Service. Dr. Kendi was also the founding director of the Anti-Racist Research and Policy Center at the university. Earlier, he served as an assistant professor of African American history at the University of Florida.
Dr. Kendi won the National Book Award in the nonfiction category for his book Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation Books, 2016). He was the youngest person to win the National Book Award in the nonfiction category. Dr. Kendi’s latest book is How To Be an Antiracist (One World, 2019).
Dr. Kendi is a graduate of Florida A&M University, where he majored in journalism and African American studies. He earned a Ph.D. in African American studies at Temple University in Philadelphia.