Professor Humayun Ansari is Professor of the History of Islam and Cultural Diversity and Director of the Centre for Minority Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London.  His academic research embraces ethnicity, identity, migration, multiculturalism, Islam in the West, Islamism and Islamophobia.

Professor Ansari also provides briefings to senior policy-makers and had made extensive contributions to local, national and international print and broadcast media on many of the above subjects. He was awarded an OBE in 2002 for his services to higher education and race relations in the community.

 He has written extensively on the subject of cultural diversity and cross-cultural issues, Muslims in South Asia and Western societies.  His major publications include 'The Infidel Within': Muslims in Britain Since 1800 (2004); The Making of the East London Mosque, 1910-1951 (2011), The Emergence of Socialist Thought Among North Indian Muslims (1917-1947) (2015), and (as joint editor) From the Far Right to the Mainstream: Islamophobia in Party Politics and the Media (2012) and Aspects of Terrorism and Martyrdom: Dying for Good, Dying for God (2013).