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Khalil Gibran Muhammad      

Professor of History, Race & Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School; Author of "The Condemnation of Blackness"

Khalil Gibran Muhammad is the Ford Foundation Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. He directs the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project and is the former Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library and the world’s leading library and archive of global black history. Before leading the Schomburg Center, Muhammad was an associate professor at Indiana University.

Muhammad’s scholarship examines the broad intersections of racism, economic inequality, criminal justice and democracy in U.S. History. He is co-editor of “Constructing the Carceral State,” a special issue of the Journal of American History, and contributor to a National Research Council study, "The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences" (2014), as well as the award-winning author of "The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America." He is currently co-directing a National Academy of Sciences study on reducing racial inequalities in the criminal justice system.

His writing and scholarship have been featured in national print and broadcast media outlets, such as the New Yorker, Washington Post, The Nation, National Public Radio, PBS Newshour, Moyers and Company, MSNBC, and the New York Times, which includes his sugar essay for The 1619 Project. He has appeared in a number of feature-length documentaries, including Amend: The Fight for America (2021), the Oscar-nominated 13th (2016) and Slavery by Another Name (2012). Muhammad was an associate editor of The Journal of American History and an Andrew W. Mellon fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice. He is a member of the Society of American Historians and the American Antiquarian Society.

In 2017, Muhammad received the Distinguished Service Medal from Columbia University’s Teachers College. And holds two honorary doctorates. He is on the boards of the Vera Institute of Justice, The Museum of Modern Art, Cure Violence Global, Oliver Scholars, The New York Historical Society, and The Nation magazine, as well as the advisory boards of Common Justice, The HistoryMakers and the Lapidus Center for the Study of Transatlantic Slavery.

Muhammad is an award-winning teacher at Harvard and has received numerous honors for his commitment to public engagement, including BPI Chicago’s Champion of the Public Interest Award (2018), The Fortune Society’s Game Changer Award (2017), Ebony Power 100 (2013), The Root 100 of Black Influencers (2012-2014), and Crain’s New York Business magazine 40 under 40 (2011).

A native of Chicago’s South Side, Muhammad graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics in 1993, and then joined Deloitte as a staff accountant until entering graduate school. He earned his Ph.D. in U.S. History from Rutgers University.


Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad Named Next Director of the Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture
NEW YORK, NY.- The New York Public Library (NYPL) announced today that Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, a scholar of African-American history from Indiana University, has been selected as the next Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, effective July 2011.
Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad to Leave His Position at Harlem’s Schomburg Center In 2016 For A Teaching Job At Harvard University
After serving as the director of Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for five years, Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad is finally leaving his position for a teaching job at Harvard.
LISTEN: Scholar Khalil Gibran Muhammad on American mythology and the crisis of racial justice
On Monday, June 27, I paid a visit to New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to help a large gathering of the Schomburg’s devoted friends and visitors say goodbye — very reluctantly — to Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad.
Khalil Gibran Muhammad on Our Crisis of Racial Justice
Bill speaks with scholar Khalil Gibran Muhammad about white supremacy in America and the power of what Martin Luther King Jr. called the "unarmed truth."
Khalil Gibran Muhammad: Scholar, Library Director, Advisor
Khalil Gibran Muhammad defies classification: A historian by training, he currently directs the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library, which is how he first gained the notice of Schlesinger Library staff members.

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