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      African-American Studies
      Hamline University
      1536 Hewitt Avenue
      Saint Paul, MN 55104


      Samuel Imbo

    • Professor Samuel Imbo

      Samuel Imbo
      Professor of Philosophy and Director of African American Studies 


      Sam Imbo is a professor of Philosophy and the director of the African American Studies Program. He also held the Hanna Chair in Philosophy from September 2005 until May 2009. He arrived at Hamline in 1996 after earning his BA (Hons) in 1985 from the University of Nairobi in Kenya and his graduate work, both the MA (1990) and the PhD (1985) degrees from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.  His teaching, writing, and research interests are in the areas of comparative philosophy, African philosophy, and social and political philosophy. Sam combines his training in philosophy with an interest in study abroad and has led study abroad trips to Kenya and Jamaica. He also taught a block seminar in Germany at Trier University in 2008 on the theme of American Islam. Sam will spend 2013-14 in England at the University of York as the Resident Director of the Hamline in York Program.

      Sam is an avid table tennis player. He is the 2013 Minnesota State U2000 Champion.

      Teaching Style

      As a teacher-scholar in the liberal arts, I strongly believe that not only must a college education equip the student with substantive knowledge in the specific disciplines, educators also have a duty to prepare students for meaningful careers in a global economy and for reflective professional lives. From our diverse vantage points in the academy, the common task is one of molding intellectually and culturally responsible citizens of the world. Over my career I have been fortunate enough to work, in many countries, with traditional, non-traditional, and international students. I have brought to these encounters a passion for intellectual discovery, for teaching and learning, and for building communities of scholarship between students and professors.  The following four specific values guide my academic practice: a robust understanding of diversity, a passion for interdisciplinary and international learning, responsible engagement with technology, and a demand for rigorous scholarship in teaching and learning

      "I believe that the classroom, broadly construed, is one of the few remaining sacred spaces in our culture where we can respectfully wrestle with ideas. As a teacher, I constantly strive to create a learning environment that is stimulating, challenging, and supportive. The goal is to have each member realize their potential as an equal participant in the discussion and not merely as a spectator, and to develop the capacity to front difficult or controversial ideas without being confrontational." 

       -Sam Imbo


    • Contact Info

      Samuel Imbo,
      and Program Director
      Philosophy and African American Studies

      Office: Giddens Learning Center 137S
      Mailstop/Box: 0219
      Phone: 651 523-2385
      Email: simbo@hamline.edu