Camika Royal, Ph.D.

  • Academic Focus Urban Education

Camika Royal, Ph.D., is an associate professor of urban education at Loyola, where she focuses on the intersections of race, politics, history, and urban school reform. Dr. Royal began her career as an urban education professional in the public schools of Baltimore City and Washington, D.C., teaching, coaching teachers, and helping to lead a charter high school before transitioning to higher education in 2006. She joined Loyola's School of Education faculty in 2014, helped to launch the school’s urban education minor and, for two years, led the Center for Innovation in Urban Education. She is a highly requested speaker, consultant, and professional developer on issues of school context-based racism and other forms of oppression through ideologies, policies, and practices. Her book, Not Paved For Us: Black Educators and Public School Reform in Philadelphia, was released in May 2022 from Harvard Education Press. Dr. Royal received her B.A. in English Literature with a Political Science minor from North Carolina Central University, her M.A.T. in English Education from Johns Hopkins University, and her Ph.D. in Urban Education from Temple University.

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Camika Royal
I hope students leave my classes with bigger, broader questions about oppression in schools and classrooms, and I hope they continue developing ideas and plans about how to confront and disrupt these issues.

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