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Professor Hakim Adi

Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora

Hakim Adi


Professor Hakim Adi, BA Hons., PhD (London): Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora.

Office: New Hall N124

I was trained as a historian of Africa however my research interests have broadened to also include the history of the African diaspora. My earlier research and publications focused on the history of the African diaspora in Britain, a relatively new subject for academic study and in particular on the political history of West Africans in Britain. This work sought to demonstrate not only the important links that were established between those in the African continent and its diaspora but also that Africans and those of African descent have played a significant but often neglected role in the history of Britain.

Although focused on Britain my research on such organisations as the West African Students’ Union was necessarily also international in scope and led to further research and publications on the history of Africans in Britain, as well as to research on the history of Pan-Africanism and the influence of Communism on the struggles of those in Africa and the African diaspora. My most recent research and publications have focused on the history of African and Caribbean people in Britain, but my next research project will again focus on the history of the anti-colonial struggle in Africa.

As one of the few historians specialising in the history of Africa and the African diaspora, my work has led to many media appearances, work with museums and archives and the publication of three history books for children.​ It also led me to develop the History Matters initiative and journal and the Young Historians Project.


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Key Initiatives


Undergraduate teaching

  • Africa and the African Diaspora in the Modern World (Year 1)
  • Colonialism and Anti-Colonialism in Africa (Year 2)
  • The African Diaspora in Modern Britain (Year 2)
  • Pan-Africanism (Year 3)

Key Publications


African and Caribbean People in Britain: a History (London: Penguin, 2022)

Panafricanismo y communisimo, la Internacional Communista, Africa y la Diáspora, 1919-1930 (Havana: Ciencias Sociale, 2018)

Pan-Africanism: A History (London: Bloomsbury, 2018)

Pan-Africanism and Communism: The Communist International, Africa and the African Diaspora 1919-1939 (Trenton: Africa World Press, 2013)

West Africans in Britain 1900-1960: Nationalism, Pan-Africanism and Communism(London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1998)


Edited Books 

Black Voices on Britain (London: MacMillan, 2022)

Black British History: New Perspectives (London: Zed Press, 2019)


Co-authored Books 

(With M. Sherwood) Pan-African History – Political Figures from Africa and the Diaspora from 1787 (London/New York: Routledge, 2003)

(With M. Sherwood) The 1945 Manchester Pan-African Congress Revisited (London: New Beacon Books, 1995)

PhD Supervision

I would be happy to supervise students researching any aspect of the history of Africa or the African diaspora.

Research Output


Adi, H. (2010) The Comintern and black workers in Britain and France, 1919–37. Immigrants & Minorities, 28 (2-3). pp. 224-245. ISSN 0261-9288 10.1080/02619288.2010.484249

Adi, H. (2008) Pan-Africanism and communism: the Comintern, the “Negro Question” and the First International Conference of Negro Workers, Hamburg 1930. African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, 1 (2). pp. 237-254. ISSN 1752-864X 10.1080/17528630802393711

Book Sections

Adi, H. (2010) Amy Ashwood Garvey and the Nigerian Progress Union. In: Gendering the African Diaspora: Women, Culture, and Historical Change in the Caribbean and Nigerian Hinterland. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana, pp. 199-218. ISBN 9780253354167

Adi, H. (2009) The negro question: The communist international and black liberation in the interwar years. In: From Toussaint to Tupac: The Black International Since the Age of Revolution. The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, pp. 155-175. ISBN 9780807859728


Adi, H. (2018) Pan-Africanism: A History. Bloomsbury Academic, London, UK. ISBN 9781474254274

Adi, H. (2013) Pan-Africanism and Communism: the Communist International, Africa and the diaspora, 1919-1939. The Harriet Tubman Series on the African Diaspora . Africa World Press, Trenton, New Jersey, USA. ISBN 9781592219155

Other department members

Alwyn Turner
Alwyn W Turner
Senior Lecturer in History
Clare Toombes
Student Employability Adviser
Dick Ellis
Visiting Professor in American Studies

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