Mohamed Saliou Camara
Humanities and Social Sciences
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

I am a professor of History and International Relations at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, where I serve as director of the federally funded McNair Scholars Program, and president of the Faculty Senate. My research interests encompass several areas of African history and politics, including political cultures and governance; military rule in Cold-War Africa; religion and society in Muslim Africa; mass media,  civil society and democratization; conflicts and conflict management; and intra-African foreign policy.

Informed by my background in political philosophy and history and enriched by a professional experience in political journalism, my scholarship rests fundamentally on primary-source information. This interdisciplinary approach has enabled me to publish numerous articles and the following books: His Master’s Voice: Mass Communication and Single-Party Politics in Guinea under Sékou Touré (Africa World Press, 2005), Le pouvoir politique en Guinée sous Sékou Touré (L’Harmattan, 2007), The Development of a Trans-National Region in West Africa: Transcending the Politics of Sovereign Nation States (Edwin Mellen Press, 2010), Historical Dictionary of Guinea (5th Edition) (with Thomas O’Toole and Janice Baker) (Scarecrow Press, 2013), and Political History of Guinea since World War Two (Peter Lang, 2014). 

I was selected the Outstanding Scholar/Researcher in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2007, the Outstanding Teacher of the Year in the department in 2008, and in 2009, I received Embry-Riddle’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. At the University of Conakry, were I began my career in 1981-82 as a lecturer, I was appointed associate chair of the Department of Philosophy (1983-1984) and served as the president of that university’s press (1985-86), all the while researching and hosting a weekly radio program on the history of Guinea, Africa, and the African Diaspora. I was named the National Radio Television Network of Guinea’s Outstanding Broadcaster of the Year in 1986.

I joined the African Studies Association (ASA) in 1988, as a graduate student at Northwestern University, and served as a volunteer organizer of that year’s ASA meeting in Chicago. Since that time, I have been an active member, participated in most meetings, presented numerous papers, and chaired a few panels. When I graduated with a Ph.D. in History on a Fulbright scholarship, a new generation of immigrants was transforming the African Diaspora in ways consistent with the changes and challenges facing post-Cold-War Africa. I have remained fruitfully engaged in the activities of the Diaspora, through scholarly programs, civil society projects, community radio and other media interactions. As well, I have had sustained working relations with academic institutions, scholarly associations, and civil society organizations on the continent, and have learned that the new Diaspora has much to contribute to the actualization of ASA’s vision toward Africa.

A good deal of my contribution to the ASA, therefore, will be harnessing that potential and attracting African institutional, intellectual and financial resources and making Africa, again, a solid pillar of the association. I will judiciously utilize my reputation, connections, and public relations skills to help further strengthen the cooperation between the ASA and Africa and make the ASA an essential link between American and African institutions of higher education and research.