Camille Z. Charles


  • With the Penn Alumni Reading Club,Camille Z. Charles of the Center for Africana Studies delivers intellectual engagement directly to alumni—and the public in an Omnia and Penn Today article.

  • Commenting on the head of a Louisiana school who allegedly falsified data to secure college admission for students in an NBC News article, PSC's Camille Z. Charles  says, “He seems to have coerced and staged a play that he knew would work for his audiences. That it did says something, just not the things that I think bigots who may want to read into this situation will leap to.”

  • PSC researcher, Camille Z. Charles, has been appointed as faculty co-director of the Office of Penn First Plus Students. The Office, established earlier this year, will offer centralized support and resources to high-need and first-generation undergraduates. 

Director, Center for Africana Studies
Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences
Professor of Sociology, Africana Studies & Education

Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1995


  • 2018 Penn LPS Graduation Ceremony - Commencement Speech by Camille Z. Charles
  • 2017 Pennsylvania College Democrats Convention: Camille Z. Charles on the Racial Inequality Panel
  • Brainwaves Video Anthology: Camille Z. Charles on Racial Inequality