Darrell Ezell
Author of Beyond Cairo, Leading Expert on Cross-Cultural Relations

Darrell Ezell, Ph.D. is the author of Beyond Cairo: U.S. Engagement with the Muslim World.  This book tackles the U.S.’s once enthusiastic commitment to restore trusted relations with the Arab and larger Muslim world and provides a roadmap for the White House and State Department to re-engage the Muslim world over the coming years.  As an expert in cross-cultural and faith-based relations, Ezell writes widely on issues related to social justice, ethnic conflict, and pop culture.  His work has been featured in the Huffington Post, EA Worldview, Fair Observer, and other outlets.


He currently serves as the Director for the M.A. in Interfaith Action Program and Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Foreign Affairs at Claremont Lincoln University.  In March 2017, Darrell was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College. Born and raised in Alabama, Darrell grew up fascinated by his family’s involvement in the civil rights movement and their commitment to promote equality and social justice. Driven by this effort, Ezell has worked as an activist and scholar, bringing together civic and faith-based leadership to promote peace.  His human rights activism is featured in the awarding-winning John Fiege film, Mississippi Chicken, highlighting his advocacy for fair-treatment of immigrant Latino poultry workers in rural Mississippi.


Ezell has been invited to consult non-profits, NGOs,  think-tanks and universities on how best to manage social change. His sense of humor, knowledge, confidence, and passion combined makes him captivating to media and live audiences alike. His achievements in the United States and Europe have provided him a global platform as a dynamic speaker to deliver keynote addresses and lectures for international organizations and academic institutions.


Dr. Ezell holds a Ph.D. from The University of Birmingham in England and currently lives California.

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Beyond CairoUS Engagement with the Muslim World
Palgrave Macmillan

The US's once-enthusiastic commitment to restore trustworthy relations with the Muslim world has dwindled considerably since Obama's 2009 Cairo speech. This book tackles Washington's lagging engagement with the Muslim world and provides a roadmap for how the US can use public diplomacy to re-engage it.

Religion’s Impact on Global Affairs Dr. Ezell draws from his book,Beyond Cairo, to explain the current challenges presented by religion and its impact on global decision-making in the 21st century.
Race, Culture, and Balance in the New America America’s cultural and ethnic fissures are set to shift with minorities becoming the majority by 2044, making up more than half of the U.S. population. Darrell talks about the impact of this shift, its influence in American culture and politics, and recommendations on managing inter-cultural relations.
Don’t Blink Darrell shares how becoming an Eagle Scout at age 15 and transforming the odds from growing up with little resources motivated him to escape complacency, complete a Ph.D. in England by age 30, and become a rising leader. In this charismatic address, he inspires and convinces audiences through commonsense principles to seize the moment by being present and not blinking.
Cultural Competence in Leadership Operating in today’s global marketplace presents new challenges. Dr. Ezell talks about the impact of globalization and the new demand for culturally competent leaders.

Read about Darrell Ezell’s induction into the Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Scholars.

Check out Darrell’s work for Fair Observer on U.S.-Muslim Engagement.

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Praise for Beyond Cairo: "At a time when the American relationship with Islamic peoples is of vital concern to the future of many countries, including the US, and amid great political and social change, Ezell's study of public diplomacy is essential. This book tries to put away the folly of the military-first approach, but it also sees that a mere declaration of engagement will not address the challenges of communication and interaction."
- Scott Lucas, professor of American Studies, University of Birmingham