Honors and International Awards

  • Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professorship award (2022-2026), Northern Illinois University.
  • MAC Academic Leadership Program (ALDP) Fellow (2023/24)
  • Visiting Distinguished Faculty (at large), International Relations and Diplomacy, Riara University, Nairobi, Kenya (since 2021).
  • Outstanding International Educator Award, Northern Illinois University (2015).
  • Carnegie Foundation African Diaspora Fellow, Rongo University, Kenya (2014 and 2016).
  • Senior Fellow, Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Canada (2016-17).
  • Lillian Cobb Award for Achievement in Global Education and Service, NIU (2010).
  • Distinguish Service Award, Sierra Leone Community Association of Chicago (2008).
  • Fellow, Program on Ethnic and Federal Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria (2002).
  • Fellow, Democracy and Diversity Summer Institute, Transregional Center for Democratic Studies and Cape Town University, Cape Town, South Africa (January 2000).
  • Fellow, summer institute on “Attitudes, Identities, and Legitimacy: the Political System and the Nation.” International Center, University of Tuebingen, Germany (July 2000).
  • Fellow, Hungarian Center for Defense of Human Rights, Budapest, Hungary (January 1995).


Abu Bakarr Bah, Ph.D.

Department of Sociology
Zulauf 807


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