Camille Z. Charles


  • Camille Charles of the School of Arts and Sciences is interviewed about her experience as a biracial woman and her research that explores the intra-racial diversity among black Americans. Read here interview in by the Philadelphia Inquirer here.

  • Camille Z. Charles, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Africana Studies, moderated a talk with Ta-Nehisi Coates, author, educator and national correspondent for The Atlantic. Details about this event here.

  • Camille Z. Charles, Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences, presented at the School of Arts & Sciences Penn Lightbulb Cafe on the topic, "The Real Record on Racial Attitudes".
    Issues of race and racial division have been prominent features of social organization and culture in the United States from as far back as the historical record goes. As a leading scholar in American race relations, Dr. Charles maps the major divisions of, and trends in, U.S. racial attitudes, and documents both significant progressive changes as well as substantial enduring frictions and conflicts that continue to make race such a fraught terrain. She will tackle the conceptually broad and analytically powerful record which is a strong caution against glib generalities that attempt to reduce an enormously multifaceted social phenomenon to simplistic catch phrases like “racist America,” “the end of racism” or, more recently, “post-racial America.”

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