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Presidential Lecture Series

Tukufu Zuberi

Recognition Year: 

Host of History Detectives and director of the Center for Africana Studies

"Doing Sociology in Public"

February 21, 2008
Millett Atrium

TUKUFU ZUBERI, host of PBS’s popular History Detectives., and director of the Center for Africana Studies and chair of the Sociology Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Zuberi, whose distinctions include the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations, joined UP faculty in 1989, and has been a visiting professor at Makerere University in Uganda and at the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania. Dr. Zuberi has sought to allow the public to view everyday life in the broader social and historical context. He stars in History Detectives, a nationally syndicated PBS series that seeks to uncover the mysteries of America’s past.

As an internationally known social scientist, Dr. Zuberi has made important contributions in the study of sociology, population studies, and Africana studies. He is the author or editor of seven books or edited journal conference volumes, including most recently an edited volume entitled Demography of South Africa which is the first volume of a series entitled A General Demography of Africa, and the edited volume entitled White Logic, White Methods: Racism in Methodology. He has received awards for his academic work from the National Institutes of Health, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Dr. Zuberi received his B.A. from San Jose State University in 1981, his M.A. from California State University, Sacramento, in 1985, and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1989.