Charles Payne
Frank P. Hixon Professor


  • Race and diversity
  • Urban education

Charles M. Payne is the Frank P. Hixon Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. His interests include urban education and school reform, social inequality, social change and modern African American history. Payne is the author of several books, including the award-winning “I’ve Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement.” His newest book is “So Much Reform, So Little Change: The Persistence of Failure in Urban Schools.” He is the co-founder of the Duke Curriculum Project and is one of the founders of the Education for Liberation Network. He has a bachelor’s degree in Afro-American studies from Syracuse University and a doctorate in sociology from Northwestern University.