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Director Afro-American Studies: Dr. Zuberi

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi, professor of sociology, has been named the director of the Afro-American Studies Program. At Penn since 1988, he has served as chair of the Graduate Group in Demography (1995-1998), and as Director of African Studies (1999-2000). He has also taught at Mekerere University in Kampala, Uganda and the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

Dr. Zuberi’s research has focused on African and African Diaspora populations and the methods of analyzing human difference, developed in his books, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot: The Mortality Cost of Colonizing Liberia in the Nineteenth-Century (University of Chicago Press in 1995) and Thicker Than Blood: How Racial Statistics Lie (University of Minnesota Press in 2001).

He has written more than 35 scholarly articles and co-edited two volumes. Dr. Zuberi co-edited a special issue of the December 2000 Black Scholar on Transcending Traditions: African, African Diaspora, and African American Studies in the 21st Century; and a special issue of March 2000 the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science on The Study of African American Problems: Papers in Honor of W.E.B. Du Bois.

He currently directs two research projects: the African Census Analysis Project (ACAP) and the Interracial Contact and Social Stratification Project (ICSSP).

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 7, October 9, 2001


October 9, 2001
Volume 48 Number 7

President Rodin responds to student visa restrictions.
Jerry Lee Center of Criminology will be dedicated next week.
Three Penn faculty members receive NSF funding for projects in information technology.
Call for Honorary Degree nominations 2003.
Dr. Zuberi is the new director of Afro-American Studies.
Division of Public Safety's Maureen Rush talks about security and Franklin Field institutes new security procedures.
The University Research Foundation Guidelines deadline approaches.
The A-3 Assembly's Employee Resource Fair Raffle Winners.
Research Roundup; Biochemical Pathway Detoxifies heavy metals, Engineers develop a fuel cell that runs on diesel; a gene has been found that carries messages from our circadian clock; and professor develops a game to teach what to do in case of a heart attack.