GC Welcomes Visiting Professors Khalil Muhammad and V. Kofi Agawu

November 17, 2014

The Graduate Center has welcomed two visiting faculty members for the fall semester, both renowned experts in their fields.

The Graduate Center has welcomed two visiting faculty members for the fall semester, both renowned experts in their fields.

Khalil Gibran Muhammad (History) is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, one of the world's leading research facilities dedicated to the history of the African diaspora. He is teaching "Race, Punishment and Citizenship in US History," a colloquium surveying the key historical scholarship on the history of how, which, and why individuals are punished in the United States.

A prolific writer and lecturer, Muhammad is at the forefront of scholarship on the enduring link between race and crime. He is the author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America (Harvard University Press, 2010), which won the John Hope Franklin Publication Prize in 2011.

He is also former associate editor of The Journal of American History and a contributing author of a 2014 National Research Council study, The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences (National Academies Press). His scholarship has appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker, Washington Post, NPR, and MSNBC, among other print and broadcast media outlets.
Muhammad currently serves on the New York City Council's Task Force to Combat Gun Violence, the National Research Council's Committee on the Causes and Consequences of High Rates of Incarceration, and the board of the Barnes Foundation.

Prior to joining the Schomburg Center in 2011, Muhammad was an associate professor of history at Indiana University. He also spent two years as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice. His research interests include the racial politics of criminal law, policing, juvenile delinquency, and punishment, as well as immigration and social reform. He holds a doctorate in American History from Rutgers University.

Watch Khalil Gibran Muhammad in conversation with the GC's Robert Reid-Pharr.

V. Kofi Agawu (Music) is a musical theorist whose research and writing span musical traditions from Gustav Mahler to the Ewe people of Ghana. He is teaching the Research Seminar in Theory/Analysis: Topic Theory - Analytical and Critical Issues.

Since 1998, Agawu has served on the faculty of Princeton University, having taught earlier at Harvard University, Yale University, Cornell University, King's College London, Duke University, and Haverford College. His work has focused on analytical issues in selected repertoires of Western Europe and West Africa.

His books include Music as Discourse: Semiotic Adventures in Romantic Music (Oxford University Press, 2008); Representing African Music: Postcolonial Notes, Queries, Positions (Routledge, 2003); African Rhythm: A Northern Ewe Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 1995); and Playing with Signs: A Semiotic Interpretation of Classic Music (Princeton University Press, 1991), which won the Society for Music Theory's Young Scholar Award in 1994. Over the last three decades, his scholarship has also been published in scores of academic journals.

A native of Ghana, Agawu earned a bachelor's degree in music from Reading University in the United Kingdom in 1977, a master's degree in musical analysis from King's College London in 1978, and a Ph.D. in historical musicology from Stanford University in 1982. He is also certified by the Royal Academy of Music in the teaching of singing and by the Royal College of Music in musicianship and theory.

A Guggenheim Fellow in 1990-91, he received the Dent Medal from the Royal Musical Association in 1992 and is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.