Research Interests

comparative global movements, political economy of globalization, urban geography, africa, african diaspora, indian ocean world, intellectual history & geography, marxism, political theory, black radical tradition


Professor Al-Bulushi is a political geographer trained in urban studies, global political economy, African and African diaspora studies, social movements in Africa and the Americas, and political theory. His current research program includes a book manuscript examining the afterlife of apartheid geographies in the city of eThekwini (Durban), an intellectual history and geography of the city of Dar es Salaam, and a comparative study of post-2011 uprisings in Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

Together with Dr. Willie Wright and Dr. Adam Bledsoe, Al-Bulushi recently co-organized a two-day symposium in Baltimore, “(anti)Blackness in the American Metropolis,” with seed funding from the Human Geography and Urban Geography journals.


Professor Al-Bulushi received his BA from the Program in Literature at Duke University, and his PhD in Human Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  While at Duke, he received a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, a certificate in Marxism and Society, and co-authored a senior thesis, “The End of the Dialectic? Theorizing Domination and Resistance.” At UNC Chapel Hill, Al-Bulushi’s transdisciplinary doctoral research brought together Geography, Cultural Studies, and African and African American Studies, and was funded by the Center for Global Initiatives and the Mellon foundation.