Khalil Gibran Muhammad: "Partners in Crime: Statistics and The Logic of Post-racialism"
3/27/2012, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public
Location: Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center (Google map of this location)
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ph.D. is the Director of the Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture and a former associate professor of history at Indiana University. In late 2010 he was selected to take over the helm of the historic Schomburg Center, which is currently celebrating its 85th 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. A great-grandson of Elijah Muhammad, he has deep roots in Black history and in Harlem. His father is the noted Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times photographer Ozier Muhammad.
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 Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Atlanta Journal Constitution, History News Network, and theDefendersonline.com, as well as on National Public Radio and Pacifica Radio. He has been an Associate Editor of The Journal of American History, and was recently appointed to the Editorial Board of Transition Magazine, published by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University.
Dr. Muhammad graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics in 1993. After working at Deloitte & Touche LLP, he received his Ph.D. in American History from Rutgers University in 2004, specializing in 20th-century U.S. and African-American history. 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.