Hakim Adi received his PhD from SOAS, London University. He is a founder member of the Black and Asian Studies Association, which he chaired for several years. He currently lectures in African History at the University of Chichester, West Sussex.
- Pan-Africanism and Communism: The Communist International, Africa and the Diaspora, 1919-1939, Africa World Press, 2013.
- Joint editor with C. Bressey, Belonging in Europe – The African Diaspora and Work, London: Routledge, 2010.
- With Marika Sherwood, Pan-African History: Political Figures from Africa and the Diaspora since 1787, London/New York: Routledge: 2003.
- West Africans in Britain 1900-1960: Nationalism, Pan-Africanism and Communism, London: Lawrence & Wishart, 1998.
- African Migrations, 1994.
- "George Padmore and the 1945 Manchester Pan-African Congress" in Fitzroy Baptiste and Rupert Lewis (eds), George Padmore: Pan-African Revolutionary, Kingston, JA: Ian Randle, 2009.
Adi has appeared in several television documentaries, including BBC radio programmes, and has written widely on the history of the African Diaspora and Africans in Britain, including three history books for children.
Adi starred in the multi-award-winning documentary 500 Years Later (2005) alongside Maulana Karenga, Muhammed Shareef, Francis Cress Welsin, Kimani Nehusi, Paul Robeson Jr, and Nelson George. The film was written by M. K. Asante, Jr. and directed by Owen 'Alik Shahadah.
- New book by renowned scholar charts the history of Pan African Communism", Black British Academics, 26 July 2013.
- Development and Modern African Political Theory
- Hakim Adi, "London, slavery and abolition",
- "Hakim Adi - New Scramble for Africa", YouTube.
- Hakim Adi, "Africa and the Transatlantic Slave Trade", History, BBC.