Dr. Sulayman Nyang’s career as an Africanist and professor of African Studies spans more than 32 years. He joined the African Studies Department at Howard University, after graduating from the University of Virginia with Masters of Arts in Public Administration and went on to obtain a Ph.D. in Government in1974. He has held administrative academic positions at Howard University and contributed to expert panels on African Affairs, handling a range of topics, including cultural, political, religious and social affairs. He has also served as First Secretary and Head of Chancery of the Gambian Embassy in Saudi Arabia, and consultant to the World Bank and United Nations agencies. He has held several positions as chairperson or member of the board of academic journals and organizations of Islam and African affairs. He was the Lead Developer of the “African Voices Project” for the Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institute, and Co-Principal Investigator of “Muslims in the American Public Square,” Project. He has published profusely on a variety of issues affecting Africans in Africa, the diaspora, and beyond. He has written or collaborated with other Africanists to write 11 books, and more than 70 articles on Islam, African political, cultural, and development affairs.