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Kalfani Ture

Kalfani Ture

Assistant Professor of African-American Studies

Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Human Services

Archbishop Borders
Room Borders, 210

(301) 447-5101

Kalfani Ture, Ph.D., came to the Mount in August 2021 from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. Amid anti-racial protests and calls to end police violence in America, Kalfani Turè, has emerged as one of the nation’s leading experts on policing.

Turè, a Black man, former police officer and Assistant Professor of African & African American Studies in the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Human Services here at the Mount, and a senior Fellow in the Urban Ethnography Project at Yale Universities, offers a unique prospective on matters of race, place and urban law enforcement.

Turè has provided expertise and insight to national media outlets such as “The New York Times,” “USA Today” and the “Associated Press,” and has appeared live on MSNBC, NPR, and CNN to name a select few.

A practicing urban ethnographer, Turè earned a postdoctoral certificate in Sociology from Yale University, a Ph.D. in Anthropology from American University, a master’s in Applied Anthropology from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s in African/African American Studies and Criminal Justice from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

In addition, he attained policing certifications at the municipal, county and state levels and worked as a police officer in metropolitan Atlanta.

His areas of interest and research include Race, Place & Urban Crime; Law Enforcement & Urban Community Relations; Police Encounters of African American and Latino Males; Gentrification and Urban Redevelopment; Race and Ethnic Relations; Social Theory; and Ethnographic Methods & Urban Ethnography.

  • Postdoc, Yale University (2019)
  • Ph.D. American University (2017)
  • MA. Georgia State University (2005)
  • BA/BS. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (1999)

His areas of interest and research include Race, Place & Urban Crime; Law Enforcement & Urban Community Relations; Police Encounters of African American and Latino Males; Gentrification and Urban Redevelopment; Race and Ethnic Relations; Social Theory; and Ethnographic Methods & Urban Ethnography.

Currently, he is interested in exploring the ethnographic encounters of law enforcement toward stigmatized and urban African Americans. He also is working on several soon to be published manuscripts that focus on race, place, public safety and crime.

Baltimore and Beyond: Racialized Urban Ghettos, Violence and the Role of Anthropology. Transforming Anthropology Vol. 25. No. 1 (April 2017)

Several Manuscripts in process.

Turè has two book projects underway, "Capital City Living: Race, Place and Structural Violence" and “Blue Fragility: Why Police Reform has Failed,” as well, he continues to train police officers on implicit bias and related use of force implications.