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Tukufu Zuberi from "History Detectives" is one of the hosts of the PBS series which is devoted to exploring the complexities of historical mysteries.

America has a long history of social upheaval and cultural mood swings. These shifts leave clear signs of their passing. The trick is knowing how to read the signs, and interpret their meaning. Zuberi is an authority on the subject. Under his scrutiny, even subtle signs can yield vital evidence about the events at a mystery's core.

Zuberi also
Tukufu Zuberi in "History Detectives"
Tukufu Zuberi History Detectives
provides the team with a context for their work, relating descriptive accounts of living conditions in that particular place, at that particular time.

Being aware of the social issues, pressures, and problems of the day can sometimes help the team determine the triggers of a past event, and the motives of the people involved.

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi is the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations at the University of Pennsylvania. He is dedicated to bringing a fresh view of culture and society to the public through various platforms such as guest lecturing at universities, television programs, and interactive social media. Currently, he works on human rights initiatives by participating in public speaking engagements, international collaborations with transnational organizations, and individuals dedicated to human equality. 

Zuberi's research focuses on Race, African and African Diaspora 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 in Tanzania. Professor Zuberi holds a doctorate from the University of Chicago, is the author or editor of several books, articles, essays, and reviews, and has received numerous awards for his academic work.

Born Antonio McDaniel to Willie and Annie McDaniel, and raised in the housing projects of Oakland, California, he embraced the name Tukufu Zuberi — Swahili for "beyond praise" and "strength." He has said "I took the name because of a desire to make and have a connection with an important period where people were challenging what it means to be a human being."

Zuberi is the author of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot: The Mortality Cost of Colonizing Liberia in the Nineteenth-Century," published by the University of Chicago Press in 1995; and "Thicker than Blood: How Racial Statistics Lie," published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2001. He has just completed a manuscript on the history of the Sudan, entitled "The Rise and Fall of Timbuktu." He is the series editor of the "General Demography of Africa" (a multi-volume series). He has written more than 50 scholarly articles, and edited or co-edited eight volumes.

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How old is Tukufu Zuberi? Find out here.

Age: 57 years old
Birthday: April 26, 1959
Full Name / Real Name: Antonio McDaniel
Hometown: Oakland, CA

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