ALI B ALI-DINAR, is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Africana Studies. Dr. Dinar obtained his B.A. and M.A. from University of Khartoum, Sudan, and his Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife from University of Pennsylvania.
His research interests include Sudanese popular culture, the politics of identity, and the history of colonial and post-colonial Africa. Among the courses he taught are: "African Conflicts", "Sudanese Arabic I, II", "Reading Historical Arabic Manuscripts", "The Darfur Conflict", "Sudan Civil Wars", "Dress and Material Culture."
His publications include: "Historical Perspective on Darfur Geopolitical Status in the Context of Modern Sudan ", in Darfur Political Economy: A Quest for Development, Hamid Eltgani Ali (ed), forthcoming 2011, "The Darfur Conflict: A Natural Process or War by Design?", in: Darfur and the Crisis of Governance in Sudan: A Critical Reader, Salah M. Hassan & Carina E. Ray (Eds.), Cornell University Press, 2009.