Dr. Idris was born and raised in Sudan and educated in Sudan, Egypt, and Canada. He received his PhD in African History from Queen's University, Canada, in 2000. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of African Studies, Columbia University, New York City (2000-2001). His teaching and research interests focus on the history and politics of colonialism, on slavery and race, and on postcolonial citizenship in Northeast and Central Africa. Among his recent publications include South Sudan: Post-Independence Dilemmas (2018), Editor. Identity, Citizenship, and Violence in Two Sudans: Re-imagining a Common Future (2013), Conflict and Politics of Identity in Sudan (2005), and Sudan's Civil Wars: Slavery, Race, and Formational Identities (2001), and he has also published numerous book chapters.