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Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

February 6, 2012

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi was born Antonio McDaniel and raised in the Oakland projects during the 50s and 60s. He holds a doctorate from the University of Chicago and has been with the University of Pennsylvania since 1988. He is perhaps most popularly known for his role as a host on PBS show History Detectives.

As the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations at Penn, Dr. Zuberi teaches and lectures on variety of race issues from a sociological perspective. His other research at Penn includes mortality in Africa, interracial contact and social status, population and health, and Africana studies. Dr. Zuberi has also been very active in the growth and development of the Center of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Zuberi teaches that race relations have less to do with skin color than most would believe. His lectures suggests that it is the ability to identify with a certain demographic that truly defines race. Dr. Zuberi sees history as an essential tool for understanding contemporary issues. He has dedicated much of his career work to the development of Africa as well as uncovering much of its lost history. He has authored a written history of the Republic of Sudan titled The Rise and Fall of Timbuktu and many other scholarly works that pertain to the history of Africa and African Americans. Due to his demonstrated interest in and in-depth research on Africa, Dr. Zuberi was chosen to lead the United Nations’ African Census Analysis Project (ACAP). ACAP aims to foster collaboration between African governments and research institutions in using census data to create more effective policy throughout the continent.

Lucas O’Connor, CAS ’14


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