Tukufu Zuberi is the Lasry Family Professor of race relations at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on race, African, and African Diapora populations. He developed and expanded the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also been a visiting professor at Mekerere University in Kampala, Uganda, and the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. As well as holding a doctorate from the University of Chicago, he is the author and editor of several books, articles, essays, and reviews, and has received numerous awards for his academic work.
Zuberi is currently producing Africa and the World, a unique broadcast and new media project designed to give American and international audiences fresh insight into the continent's past, present, and future by examining crucial historical turning points in African history over the past 75 years.
His books include Swing Low, Sweet Chariot: The Mortality Cost of Colonizing Liberia in the Nineteenth-Century, published in 1995, and Thicker than Blood: How Racial Statistics Lie, published in 2001. He is the series editor of the General Demography of Africa, a multi-volume series.
Zuberi is popularly known as a host on the hit television series History Detectives, currently in its tenth season on PBS. He is devoted to exploring the complexities of historical mysteries, searching out the facts, myths and conundrums that connect local folklore, family legends and interesting objects. As a history detective, Zuberi is an observer of the social and cultural forces that shape historical mysteries in American society.