Dr. Ali D. Chambers

Dr. Chambers' main objective within academia has been to help further the field of African American Studies.


Dr. Chambers has a PhD. in African American Studies from Temple University in Philadelphia PA. He also holds a B.A. in History and Philosophy from Fisk University (2001), and a M.A. in African American Studies from Temple University (2003). In the past he has worked as a high school teacher in the school district of Philadelphia (2001-2004), taught courses in European History at the University of Iowa (2004-2005), and taught classes in cultural diversity at the Veterans Administration Hospital at Iowa City, IA (2005-2006). He has also instructed students in American History at Bucks and Montgomery County Community College, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Temple University, and South Carolina State University.

Dr. Chambers is originally from Miami, FL but currently lived in Columbia, SC. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, watching the University of Miami Hurricanes (football), the Miami Dolphins, the Miami Heat, and the Philadelphia Eagles on TV or in person. He also enjoys traveling around the world. In the past four years he has traveled extensively to the countries of South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco, Kenya, India, Spain, France, Italy, and studied as a graduate student at the University of Ghana. His favorite place to visit is the city of Florence.

In his view, teaching is not about instructing or imparting information to students as if their minds were waiting to be filled with his knowledge. Rather, teaching is igniting transformative learning; empowering students to take responsibility for their learning, inspiring courage to grow intellectually, cultivating curiosity, providing opportunities for developing relationships, clarifying values, uplifting the spirit, and igniting action. It is his belief that he can implement such a philosophy among the student body at Claflin University.

Overall, Dr. Chambers' main objective within academia has been to help further the field of African American Studies. The omission and exclusion of African-Americans, women, other minorities by American textbooks has become a common occurrence. As a result of this omission it is imperative that the field of African American Studies seek to view remove both women and people of color from the peripherals of history and place them as active agents within the history of the world. In order to accomplish this, scholars and educators alike must be both truthful and forthcoming regarding the true account of history. Therefore one of the main objectives of African American Studies should be the acquisition and understanding of historical and philosophical knowledge in breadth and in depth, and across different cultures.


  • Ph.D. AfricanAmerican Studies, Temple University
  • M.A. African American Studies, Temple University
  • B.A. History, Fisk University
  • B.A. Philosophy, Fisk University

Ali Chambers
Dr. Ali D. Chambers
Visiting Assistant Professor of African American Studies and History‚Äč
  • School of Humanities & Social Sciences