Dr. Sylviane Diouf is the Director of the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of The New York Public Library, and an award-winning historian of the African Diaspora. She is the author of Slavery’s Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons and Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas both with NYU Press. Dreams of Africa in Alabama: The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Story of the Last Africans Brought to America (Oxford University Press) received prizes from the American Historical Association, the Alabama Historical Association and the Hurston Wright Legacy Award. Diouf is the editor of Fighting the Slave Trade: West African Strategies and In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience.

She is the curator of the exhibition Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers, which is traveling through the US, France, India, and Africa; and of The African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World. She is the recipient of the Rosa Parks Award, the Pen and Brush Achievement Award, and the Dr. Betty Shabazz Achievement Award.