Omar Wasow

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Omar Wasow

Omar Tomas Wasow (born 1970 in Nairobi, Kenya) is an Assistant Professor of Politics at Princeton University.[1] He is co-founder for the social networking website BlackPlanet.


Wasow grew up in a multi-ethnic family. His father is of German Jewish heritage, and his mother is African-American.[2] Wasow's paternal grandfather was the mathematician Wolfgang R. Wasow. Both Wolfgang Wasow and Omar Wasow's paternal grandmother are of German Jewish heritage.


Wasow is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School in New York City, where he was President of the Student Union. He then graduated from Stanford University in California with a BA degree in Race and Ethnic Relations.[3]

Wasow earned a PhD in African-American Studies, an MA in Government and an MA in Statistics all from Harvard University.[4] Wasow is currently Assistant Professor of Politics at Princeton University.[5]


In 1995, Wasow was proclaimed by Newsweek as one of the "fifty most influential people to watch in cyberspace."

In 1999 he created Blackplanet, one of the first major social networking sites.[6]


In 2012, Wasow married Jennifer Brea, a documentary filmmaker he met while they were both Ph.D students at Harvard.[7] He appears in her documentary film Unrest about her experience living with myalgic encephalomyelitis which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Further reading[edit]

  • Browning, Lynnley (2001-05-13). "Silicon Alley's Philosopher-Prince". New York Times.
  • "Omar Wasow". People. 54 (20): 100. 2000-11-13.
  • "The Net 50". Newsweek. 126/127 (26/1): 42–46. 1995-12-25.


  1. ^ University, Princeton. "Display Person - Department of Politics at Princeton University". Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  2. ^ "Private Sector; Silicon Alley's Philosopher-Prince". Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  3. ^ Phelan, J. Greg (1994-09-18). "Sound Bytes; Where Hipness is On-Line". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-14.
  4. ^ "About - Omar Wasow". Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  5. ^ University, Princeton. "Display Person - Department of Politics at Princeton University". Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  6. ^ "Interview: BlackPlanet's Founder Talks Myspace, Why He was Skeptical of Twitter, And If Facebook May Have Peaked". Complex. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  7. ^ "Jennifer Bréa, Omar Wasow - Weddings". The New York Times. 2012-09-02. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-12-17.

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