Cornel West was named professor emeritus at Princeton University. Dr. West served on the Princeton faculty from 1988 to 1994 and from 2002 to 2012. This summer he will join the faculty at the Union Theological Seminary in New York.
Dr. West is a graduate of Harvard University and earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at Princeton University.
Ousame Kane was appointed the inaugural Prince Alwaleed Bib Talal Professor of Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society at Harvard Divinity School. He will begin teaching during the spring 2013 semester. Since 2002, he has been an associate professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University.
“The Alwaleed Chair of Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society is further recognition of the important, yet longtime neglected, fields of African studies and Islamic studies,” Dr. Kane said. “The professorship will give greater visibility to the study of Islam in Africa and bring it further into larger debates about Islam and politics, Islam and modernity, and Islam in international affairs.”
Dr. Kane holds master’s and Ph.D. degrees in political science from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris.