Khalil Gibran Muhammad is the Suzanne Young Murray professor at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University, where he also teaches the history of race and public policy at Harvard's Kennedy School. He is the former director of the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, one of the leading research facilities dedicated to the study of the African Diaspora. His academic work focuses on racial criminalization and the origins of the carceral state. He is the author of “The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America” (Harvard University Press, 2010), which won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Best Book Award in American Studies. His articles and scholarship have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, New Yorker, and the Washington Post.
Muhammad is a native of the South Side of Chicago. He graduated with a B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and received his Ph.D. in American history from Rutgers University, specializing in 20th century United States and African-American history.mHe also holds honorary doctorates from The New School (2013) and Bloomfield College (2014).
Professor Muhammad's Athenaeum talk is part of the Race and Law Enforcement in America series.