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About Tukufu Zuberi

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi is the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations at the University of Pennsylvania. He is dedicated to bringing a fresh view of culture and society to the public through various platforms such as guest lecturing at universities, television programs, and interactive social media. Currently, he works on human rights initiatives by participating in public speaking engagements, international collaborations with transnational organizations, and individuals dedicated to human equality. 
Dr. Zuberi’s research focuses on Race, African and African Diaspora populations. He developed and expanded the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also been a visiting professor at Mekerere University in Kampala, Uganda and the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Professor Zuberi holds a doctorate from the University of Chicago, is the author or editor of several books, articles, essays, and reviews, and has received numerous awards for his academic work.
Dr. Zuberi is popularly known as a host on the hit Public Broadcasting System (PBS) series, History Detectives. History Detectives is devoted to exploring the complexities of historical mysteries, searching out the facts, myths and conundrums that connect local folklore, family legends and interesting objects.  Currently filming the ninth season, History Detectives regularly shows the way individual objects can serve as a lens into the past. As a History Detective, Dr. Zuberi is an observer of the social and cultural forces that shape historical mysteries in America society.
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Present Chair and Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
Present Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations, University of Pennsylvania

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University of Pennsylvania
McNeil Building
3718 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104