Alden Young is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Quincy Institute and Associate Professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and a member of the International Institute, affiliated with the International Development Studies Program. Young is a political and economic historian of Africa. He is particularly interested in the ways in which Africans participated in the creation of the current international order. In 2019-2020, Young will be a member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Previously, he was an assistant professor in African History and the Director of the Africana Studies Program at Drexel University. He is the author of Transforming Sudan: Decolonization, Economic Development and State Formation (2017) and Elite Retreat: The Making of Sudanese Political Economy and Business in the Era of Dollar Hegemony (forthcoming).