Camille Z. Charles


  • PSC Research Associate, Camille Z. Charles, talks about W.E.B. Du Bois in a Penn Today article. In 1896, W.E.B. Du Bois was appointed an assistant instructor at Penn and began his investigation of Philadelphia’s Seventh Ward—research that he would turn into his groundbreaking work, “The Philadelphia Negro.” Today, it is considered the world’s first scientific study of race. “He was a person of color at a time when we weren’t supposed to be so smart and have such strong opinions and when it was socially acceptable to exclude and ignore their contributions,” says Camille 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.”

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