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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 4:30pm
Africana Studies and Research Center, Mulitpurpose Room
310 Triphammer Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ph.D. is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research division of the New York Public Library, and a former associate professor of history at Indiana University. In July 2010, he was selected to take over the helm of the historic Schomburg Center, which is currently celebrating its 87th year. Dr. Muhammad, a native of Chicago’s South Side, is an award-winning author. His book The Condemnation of
Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, published by Harvard University Press, won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Best Book award in American Studies. As an academic, Dr. Muhammad is at the forefront of scholarship on the enduring link between race and crime that has shaped and limited opportunities for African Americans. He is now working on his second book, Disappearing Acts: The End of White Criminality in the Age of Jim Crow, which traces the historical roots of the changing demographics of crime and punishment so evident today.
Dr. Muhammad’s scholarship has been featured in the New York Times, New Yorker, Washington Post, The Guardian (UK) and Atlanta Journal Constitution, as well as on Bill Moyers and Company, MSNBC, CSPAN, and National Public Radio. He has been an associate editor of The Journal of American History. He has served or currently serves on New York City Council’s Task force to Combat Gun Violence, the National Research Council’s Committee on the Causes and Consequences of High Rates of Incarceration; the board of The Barnes Foundation; and the editorial board of Transition Magazine, published by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University.
Khalil graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics in 1993, whereafter he worked as a public accountant at Deloitte & Touche, LLP until entering graduate school. He earned his Ph.D. in U.S. History from Rutgers University in 2004, and holds an honorary doctorate from The New School. He spent two years as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice,a nonprofit criminal justice reform agency in New York City, before joining the faculty of Indiana University.