Charles Payne

Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor
School of Social Service Administration

Charles M. Payne is the Frank P. Hixon Professor in the School of Social Service Administration. His interest include urban education and school reform, social inequality, social change and modern African American history. He is the author of Getting What We Ask For: the Ambiguity of Success and Failure in Urban Education (1984)) and I've Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition in the Mississipppi Civil Rights Movement (1995). The latter has won awards from the Southern Regional Council, Choice Magazine, the Simon Wisenthal Center and Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America. He is co-author of Debating the Civil Rights Movement (1999) and co-editor of Time Longer Than Rope; A Century of African American Activism, 1850-1950 (2003). Currently, he is finishing So Much Reform, So Little Change (forthcoming, Harvard Education Publishing Group) which is concerned with what we have learned about persistence of failure in urban districts, and an anthology, Teach Freedom: The African American Tradition of Education for Liberation (forthcoming, Teachers College Press), which is concerned with Freedom School-like education. He is the recipient of a Senior Scholar grant from the Spencer Foundation and is a Resident Fellow at the foundation for 2006-2007. With the support of the Carnegie Scholar's Program, he is conducting a study of how school reform dialogue in other countries compares to the American situation. His work on urban schools is also supported by an Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. Fellowship for 2007-2008. Fletcher fellowships support work that contributes to improving race relations in American society and furthers the broad social goals of the U. S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954.

Payne was founding director of the Urban Education Project in Orange, New Jersey, a nonprofit community center that broadens educational experiences for urban youngsters. He has taught at Southern University, Williams College, Northwestern University and Duke University and won several teaching awards.Payne held the Charles Deering McCormick Chair for Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University and the Sally Dalton Robinson Chair for excellence in teaching and research at Duke University. He holds a bachelor's degree in Afro-American studies from Syracuse University and a doctorate in sociology from Northwestern University.