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Charles M. Payne, African American Studies and Sociology and Director, African and African-American Studies

Please note: Charles has left the "History" group at Duke University; some info here might not be up to date.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  112 Carr Bldg
Office Phone:  919 684 5764
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:  http://www.duke.edu/web/africanameric/index.html


PhDNorthwestern University1976
BASyracuse University1970

Research Interests:

Dr. Payne is the author of Getting What We Ask For: The Ambiguity of Success and Failure in Urban Education, Debating the Civil Rights Movement, and the award-winning I've Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Movement. His scholarly focus remains urban education and educational policy, the Civil Rights Movement, social change, and social inequality. With the help of a Senior Scholar Award from the Spencer Foundation, he is currently working on a book on what has been learned from the last decade of school reform.

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. C.M. Payne, So Much Reform, So Little Change: The Persistence of Failure in Urban Schools. (2006), Harvard Education Publishing Group ( Expected completion, September, 2006)
  2. Teach Freedom: The African American Tradition of Education For Liberation (2005), Edited by Charles Payne and Carol Strickland (Expected completion, March , 2006).
  3. C.M. Payne, Foreword, “Teaching the Hard of Head,” 2nd edition of Lisa Delpit’s Other People’s Children, (2005), New Press, 2006, forthcoming.
  4. Time Longer Than Rope: A Century of African American Activism, edited by Charles M. Paynes and Adam Green (2003), NYU Press
  5. So Much Reform, So LIttle Change: Building-Level Barriers to Urban School Reform (2003) (under revision.)

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