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Ford Foundation Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy
Contact:
617-495-1405
Assistant: Juanne Zhao
617-495-2430

Khalil Gibran Muhammad is the Ford Foundation Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. He directs the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project and is the former Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library and the world’s leading library and archive of global black history. Before leading the Schomburg Center, Khalil was an associate professor at Indiana University.

Khalil’s scholarship examines the broad intersections of racism, economic inequality, criminal justice and democracy in U.S. History. He is co-editor of “Constructing the Carceral State,” a special issue of the Journal of American History, and contributor to a National Research Council study, The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences (2014), as well as the award-winning author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America. He is currently co-directing a National Academy of Sciences study on reducing racial inequalities in the criminal justice system.

His writing and scholarship have been featured in national print and broadcast media outlets, such as the New Yorker, Washington Post, The Nation, National Public Radio, PBS Newshour, Moyers and Company, MSNBC, and the New York Times, which includes his sugar essay for The 1619 Project. He has appeared in a number of feature-length documentaries, including the recently-released Amend: The Fight for America (2021), the Oscar-nominated 13th (2016) and Slavery by Another Name (2012). Khalil was an associate editor of The Journal of American History and an Andrew W. Mellon fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice. He is a member of the Society of American Historians and the American Antiquarian Society.

In 2017, Khalil received the Distinguished Service Medal from Columbia University’s Teachers College. And holds two honorary doctorates. He is on the boards of the Vera Institute of Justice, The Museum of Modern Art, Cure Violence Global, Oliver Scholars, The New York Historical Society, and The Nation magazine, as well as the advisory boards of Common Justice, The HistoryMakers and the Lapidus Center for the Study of Transatlantic Slavery.

Khalil is an award-winning teacher at Harvard and has received numerous honors for his commitment to public engagement, including BPI Chicago’s Champion of the Public Interest Award (2018), The Fortune Society’s Game Changer Award (2017), Ebony Power 100 (2013), The Root 100 of Black Influencers (2012-2014), and Crain’s New York Business magazine 40 under 40 (2011).

A native of Chicago’s South Side, Khalil graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics in 1993, and then joined Deloitte as a staff accountant until entering graduate school. He earned his Ph.D. in U.S. History from Rutgers University.

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Outside Professional Activities For Khalil Muhammad

Organization Relationship
Advent Hospital Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Aloha Foundation Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
American Council of Learned Societies Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
American Express Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
American Federation of Teachers Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Arm Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Asana Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Atlanta International School Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Avery Denison Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Blackrock Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Blackstone Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Blair Academy Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Bradford School Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Buzz Feed Paid media appearance
California Federation of Teachers Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
California United Federation of Teachers Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Cerberus Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Chicago Beyond Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Colgate Palmolive Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Cure Violence Global Fiduciary board membership
E. Pluribus Unum Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Far Brook Academy Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Federal Home Loan Bank Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Goldman Sachs Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Jewish Community Center of Boston Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
London School of Economics and Political Science Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
March on Washington Film Festival Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Montclair Kimberly Academy Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Mursion Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Museum of Modern Art Fiduciary board membership
National Education Association Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Netflix Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
New York Historical Society Fiduciary board membership
Nike Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Novartis Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Oliver Scholars Fiduciary board membership
Phillips Exeter Academy Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Prudential Insurance Co Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Pulitzer Center Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Summit Interdenominational Faith Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
The Nation magazine Fiduciary board membership
Theory Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Trinity School Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Twilio Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Vera Institute of Justice Fiduciary board membership
Verizon Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation

Contact

Phone: 617-495-1405
Assistant: Juanne Zhao

Expertise

Human Rights
Fairness & Justice
Cities & Communities
Gender, Race & Identity
Non-governmental Organizations

Mailing Address

Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138