Tukufu Zuberi, the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations at the University of Pennsylvania, won two awards at the recent San Diego Black Film Fest. He received the best director award and the award for the best documentary for his film African Independence. The film is a full-length documentary on the history of the African continent since the colonization by Europeans.
Dr. Zuberi joined the University of Pennsylvania faculty in 1989 and was promoted to full professor in 2000. He has held his current endowed professorship since 2005. He is a graduate of San Jose State University in California and holds a master’s degree from California State University at Sacramento and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.
Professor Zuberi is the host for the popular PBS television series History Detectives. He is the author of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot: The Mortality Cost of Colonizing Liberia in the Nineteenth-Century (University of Chicago Press, 1995) and Thicker than Blood: How Racial Statistics Lie (University of Minnesota Press, 2001).
Below is a trailer for Dr. Zuberi’s award-winning film.