University of Pennsylvania to Offer Ph.D. in Africana Studies

The University of Pennsylvania announced that it will establish a Ph.D. program in Africana studies. The program, housed in the Center for Africana Studies of the School of Arts and Sciences, will hold its first classes in the fall of 2009.

The program will involve a three-track interdisciplinary approach focusing on African, African-American, and African diaspora studies. Faculty for the program will come from all areas of the university including the law school, the graduate school of education, and the Wharton School of Business.

The new program will be led by Tukufu Zuberi, director of the Center for Africana Studies at Penn. Dr. Zuberi, who is also a professor and chair of the department of sociology at Penn, is a graduate of San Jose University. He holds a master’s degree in sociology from Sacramento State University and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.