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Khalil Gibran Muhammad      

Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard University & Author of "The Condemnation of Blackness"

Khalil Gibran Muhammad is a professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He is the former Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research division of the New York Public Library and one of the world’s leading research facilities dedicated to the global black experience. Khalil holds a doctorate in US history from Rutgers University and is a former associate professor at Indiana University.

He is the author of "The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America", which won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Best Book award in American Studies. He is a contributing author of a 2014 National Research Council study, "The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences" (National Academies Press), and recent co-editor of a special issue, “Constructing the Carceral State,” of the Journal of American History (June 2015). His research focuses on racial criminalization in modern U.S. History.

Khalil’s scholarship has been featured in a number of national print and broadcast media outlets, including the New York Times, New Yorker, Washington Post, NPR, Cspan and MSNBC. He is a former associate editor of The Journal of American History and prior Andrew W. Mellon fellow on Race, Crime and Justice at the Vera Institute of Justice.

A former member of NYC’s anti-gun violence taskforce, Khalil currently serves on the board of The Museum of Modern Art, The Barnes Foundation, and the editorial boards of Transition magazine and the North Star Series of John Hopkins Press. Khalil holds honorary doctorates from The New School (2013) and Bloomfield College (2014).


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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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