Camille Zubrinsky Charles, Ph.D.

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


Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1996
M.A., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1992
B.A., Sociology, California State University, Sacramento, 1989
B.A., Communication Studies, California State University, Sacramento, 1989

Curriculum Vitae

Research Description: 

Camille Zubrinsky Charles is Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, Graduate School of Education, and the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is author of Won’t You Be My Neighbor: Race, Class and Residence in Los Angeles (Russell Sage, Fall 2006), which class- and race-based explanations for persisting residential segregation by race. She is also co-author of The Source of the River: The Social Origins of Freshmen at America’s Selective Colleges and Universities (2003, Princeton University Press). More recently, she is co-author of the forthcoming book, Taming the River: Negotiating the Academic, Financial, and Social Currents in Selective Colleges and Universities (co-authored with Douglas S. Massey and colleagues; Princeton University Press), the second in a series based the National Longitudinal Survey of Freshmen, and “Race in the American Mind: From the Moynihan Report to the Obama Candidacy” (co-authored with Lawrence Bobo). She is also nearing completion of a sole-authored book on Black racial identity in the United States, tentatively titled, The New Black: Race-Conscious or Post-Racial? Professor Charles earned her Ph.D. in 1996 from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was a project manager for the 1992-1994 Multi-City Study of Urban Inequality. Her research interests are in the areas of urban inequality, racial attitudes and intergroup relations, racial residential segregation, minorities in higher education, and racial identity; her work has appeared in Social Forces, Social Problems, Social Science Research, The DuBois Review, the American Journal of Education, the Annual Review of Sociology, the Chronicle of Higher Education and The Root.

Contact Information: 

Office: 335 McNeil Building
Phone: 215.573.2357

Department of Africana Studies
3401 Walnut Street, Suite 331A
Phone: 215.898.4965
Fax: 215.573.2052