Institutional Leadership and Service

  • Volunteer (driver), Road to Recovery Program, American Cancer Society (DeKalb, IL chapter), (2016 to 2020).
  • Chair, Department of Sociology, NIU.
  • Founding Director, Institute for Research and Policy Integration in Africa (IRPIA)
  • Founding-Editor, African Conflict & Peacebuilding Review (Indiana University Press).
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Academic Inquiries (Sakarya University Publications and Social Sciences Institute, Turkey).
  • Member, International Advisory Board, Journal of Asian Social Science Research (Centre for Asian Social Science Research, Universitas Islam Negeri (UIN) Bandung, Indonesia.
  • President (2013-14). PHI BETA DELTA Honor Society for International Scholars, NIU Chapter.
  • Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Center for Media, Democracy, Peace, and Security (CMDPS). Rongo University College, Kenya (2014 to 2018).
  • Member, John Ruggie ISA Best Book Prize Selection Committee, International Studies Association (2023).
  • Member, Presidential Research Professorship Selection Committee, NIU (2022/23 and 2023/24).
  • Member, Presidential Commission on Interfaith Initiatives, NIU (2021 to 2025).
  • Member, Research Subcommittee for the Presidential Commissions, NIU (2022 to 2025).
  • Member, Provost Task Force on Innovative Curriculum, Northern Illinois University (2021 to 2022).
  • Member, Steering Committee, Center for Peace and Transcultural Communication, University of Tetova (Macedonia) and Northern Illinois University (2016).
  • Member, International Affairs Advisory Council, Northern Illinois University (2015-2018).
  • Member, Task Force on Internationalization, Northern Illinois University (2015 to 2018).
  • Member, Board of Directors, International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation (2015 to 2018).
  • Member, Board of Directors, West Africa Research Association (2009-2012).
  • Member, University Committee on Undergraduate Curriculum, NIU (2013 to 2016).
  • Member, Honorary Degree Committee, NIU (2015/16).
  • Member, Progressive Learning in Undergraduate Studies (PLUS) Implementation Committee, NIU (2014 to 2019).
  • Member, University Personnel Appeal Hearing Panel, NIU (2014/2015; 2016/17).
  • Member, Local Arrangement Committee, Annual Meeting of the African Studies, Chicago, 2017.
  • Member, Local Arrangement Committee, African Studies conference, Chicago 2008 and 2017.
  • Member, Board of Directors of Jane Adeny Memorial School, Fort Ternan, Kisumu County, Kenya, (2012 – 2019).
  • Member, Board of Directors, Adventure Works, DeKalb, IL (2021 to present).
  • Secretary General, Center for Defense of Human Rights-Bulgaria, Sofia, 1993-1996.
  • External Reviewer for tenure and promotion cases, including cases at a university in Virginia (2022), a state university in Texas (2019), a universities in South Africa (2017 and 2018), and a university in Kenya (2021).
  • Book Endorsements (back covers), Zerai, Assata et al. Olemako, Teresia, et al. Safe Water, Sanitation, and Early Childhood Malnutrition in East Africa: An African Feminist Analysis of the Lives of Women in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Lexington Books, 2018; Witt, Antonia Undoing Coups: The African Union and Post-coup Intervention in Madagascar. London: Zed Books, 2020.


Abu Bakarr Bah, Ph.D.

Department of Sociology
Zulauf 807

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