Schomburg Center is looking for a new director

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, is resigning to become a tenured professor at the Harvard University Kennedy School.  He also will join the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, a division of Harvard University.

Dr. Kahlil Muhammad is leaving the Schomburg Center for Harvard
Dr. Kahlil Muhammad is leaving the Schomburg Center for Harvard

Dr. Muhammad, who was named the Schomburg Center’s director in July 2011, replacing Howard Dobson, said his successor has not yet been chosen. The center is based in Harlem, N. Y.

“Rest assured that I am doing my part to ensure the next director will land smoothly at 135th and Malcolm X Blvd.,” Dr. Muhammad wrote in the spring/summer issue of the Schomburg Center’s “Africana Heritage” magazine. “A search process is under way, led by the same firm that found me. A search committee of smart and thoughtful leaders also is looking,” he added.

Dr. Muhammad, a native of Chicago and author of the book “The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America”, is the great great grandson of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, founder of the Nation of Islam. He is the son of Ozier Muhammad, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer for The New York Times.

In 2004, Dr. Muhammad earned a Ph.D. in history at Rutgers University, where he specialized in 20th-century U.S. and African-American history.  He also worked for several years as an assistant professor of history at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he became associate editor of the Journal of American History.

Dr. Muhammad, a tenured professor, will be Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at Harvard. In addition, he will join the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study as the Suzanne Young Murray Professor. The Institute, based in Cambridge, Mass., studies the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. He starts his new jobs July 1.


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