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Camille Zubrinsky Charles: Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Social Sciences
October 7, 2008, Volume 55, No. 7



Camille Zubrinsky Charles, professor of sociology, has been named the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Social Sciences. Dr. Charles’ research interests include racial attitudes and intergroup relations, racial residential segregation, urban inequality, minorities in higher education, and racial identity. She is the author of Won’t You Be My Neighbor: Race, Class and Residence in Los Angeles, and co-author of The Source of the River: The Social Origins of Freshmen at America’s Selective Colleges and Universities. 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. 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?

Dr. Charles earned her doctorate 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. She taught at Ohio State University before joining the Penn faculty in 1998. Dr. Charles has a secondary appointment in the Graduate School of Education and is a research associate at the Population Studies Center. Having served as faculty associate director of the Center for Africana Studies, she will assume directorship in 2009.

The Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professorship in the Social Sciences was established through a bequest by Mr. and Mrs. Edmund J. Kahn. Mr. Kahn was a 1925 Wharton graduate who had a successful career in the oil and natural gas industry. His wife, Louise, was a graduate of Smith College who worked for Newsweek and owned an interior design firm. The couple contributed to many programs and projects at Penn, including the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, the Modern Languages College House, and other initiatives and scholarships in the humanities.

Related: Larry Gladney: Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor for Faculty Excellence



Almanac - October 7, 2008, Volume 55, No. 7