A Scholar to Keep Your Eye On

Amadu Jacky Kaba is a Liberian-born striver who first came to Seton Hall University as a basketball player and, several degrees later, has returned as an assistant professor of sociology and anthropology. Like our friend Roland Fryer, Kaba is a black scholar who studies a lot of racial issues with a perspective and a latitude that is unavailable to white scholars.

Among Kaba’s recent writings: “Overrepresentation of Kenyan Students in Colleges and Universities in the United States” ; “The Black World and the Dual Brain Drain” ; and a new paper called “Demographics and Profile: The Most Cited Black Scholars in the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities.” In it, Kaba finds that roughly 64 percent of the most-cited black scholars are men and nearly 40 percent are employed at Harvard, Princeton, or Stanford; the most common home departments are English/Literature and History.


Marcus Garvey was the man- the Black pride movement was hoping that Obama would ascend to the throne, but it's looking like Obama is just another DuBois- an intellectual who can rationalize integration into the corporate (white dominated) culture

Avi Rappoport

It's useful to have actual metrics. I'm not sure that academics will continue to cite in quite the same way as they did through the 20th century, but it should be usable for a while longer.


I hope your claim about Mr. Kaba's perspectives is true. But your representation of his work reflects no broadened perspective whatsoever. Anyone could count up which scholars are most cited within a field and identify the set of institutions at which they work.

Victor Bradley

Yeah, that must be why Du Bois advocated the proliferation of Black business as a counter-action against the White man's commercialized bigotry. That must also be why he was the main crusader against Booker Washington's plot to plunge Blacks into eternal serfdom. That must also be why he was the virtual founder of the black militancy. Yes, he rationalized discrimination into an overthrow of the white man's racist superstructure.

sylvester e bassey

Dr.Kaba and I wer eclass mates at St. patrick's high school in liberia. We both played basketball together for our class and the high school. I always knew that he would become somebody useful to society, because of who he was and how he cared for others. thank you, thank you. you made us all proud.