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Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

February 24, 2013

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi is a pioneer in Africana studies and American sociology. His unprecedented work covering the African Diaspora has given him a many academic merits and critical acclaim.

Shortly after receiving his Ph. D. from the University of Chicago, the Oakland, California native joined the Penn faculty as a Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations and served as Chair of the Sociology Department, and Director of the Center for Africana Studies. During this period, Zuberi conducted research that focused on race and African and African diaspora populations. His work also covers the fields of social statistics and population studies. In his spare time gained recognition and respect for being a guest lecturer at colleges and universities and on television programs.

Beyond his many great published works of literature and research, Zuberi managed the African Census Analysis Project (ACAP), a project run by the United Nations to support the process of census enumeration in Africa. And this year, he embarked on one of his biggest endeavors yet: Zuberi produced the film African Independence. It premiered at the San Diego Black Film Festival in January 2013 and won Best Director and Best Documentary. The film is now gaining buzz everywhere further solidifying Dr. Zuberi’s impact on the black experience.

–Ernest Owens CAS ’14

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