2013-2014 Scholar Biographies

Hienin Ali Diakite, Mali

Duke Professor Bruce (left) Hall and AI visiting scholar Ali Diakite

Hienin Ali Diakite is currently a doctoral candidate in the Humanities section at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon, France. He is working on a dissertation titled “Critical Edition and Translation of Manuscripts Relating to Intellectual Life in the Western Sudan during the Nineteenth Century.” Ali is expected to receive his PhD in 2015. He earned his B.A (Honor’s Degree) from the University of Bamako, Mali in 2008.  His current research interests include the history of the Masina region of Mali during the 19th century, the reformist-jihadist movements in 19th-century West Africa, and the controversy between the Tijaniyya and Qadiriyya Sufi brotherhoods in the region. Additionally, he is interested in the link between knowledge and power and the influence of North African literature among West African scholars active during the 18th and 19th centuries. While at Duke as a visiting scholar, he will collaborate closely with Bruce Hall in the Department of History.


 justinJustin Jacob Omolo, Tanzania

Justin Jacob Omolo is from Tanzania and currently works as an Organic Chemist and Principal Research Scientist. He received his PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand (in organic chemistry) in South Africa in December 2011 under the sponsorship of SABINA through the Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE)program. He was the first scholar to receive his PhD in the RISE program, which is the primary program at the Science Initiative Group based at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. His current research focuses on water sanitation and hygiene, phytochemistry, and synthesis, as well as an HIV project that falls under the auspices of the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in Tanzania at the Department of Traditional Medicine Research and Environmental Science. More can be read about Justin’s research here and here. During his time as a visiting scholar he will be collaborating with Dr Nelson Chao of the Duke Cancer Institute, as well as other faculty at the Duke Global Health Institute.

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