Camika Royal, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Urban Education
Director, Center for Innovation in Urban Education
Beatty Hall 121-4


Temple University/ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2012)
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department
Urban Education

Dissertation: Politics, Policies, and Protests: Black Educators and Shifting Landscape of Philadelphia’s School Reforms, 1967-2007

Johns Hopkins University/ Baltimore, Maryland (2001)
English Education

North Carolina Central University/ Durham, North Carolina (1999)
English Literature, Political Science minor magna cum laude


Camika Royal, Ph.D.
began her career in urban education teaching middle school language arts for the Baltimore City Public School System in 1999. In 2014, she returned to Baltimore as Assistant Professor of Urban Education at Loyola University Maryland. Additionally, Dr. Royal also serves as director of Loyola’s Center for Innovation in Urban Education (CIUE). She is a foundations of education scholar, and her work focuses on the intersections of race, politics, history, and urban school reform. Currently, she is writing a book on race and school reform in Philadelphia.

Dr. Royal is a heavily sought after speaker, and she has given talks at the Swarthmore College; University of Pennsylvania; Voices for Children Nebraska; Chatham County Public Schools in Pittsboro, North Carolina; the National School Board Association's Council of Urban Boards of Education in San Diego, California; the Congressional Black Caucus’s Pre-Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, DC; the Network for Public Education Conference in Austin, Texas; and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

View her speaking about school reform in Philadelphia:

Research Interests

Social and Political Context of School Reform Policies
Urban Educators
Educator Efficacy and Resilience
Critical Race Theory
Historical Foundations of Schooling

Selected Publications

Royal, C. and Dodo Seriki, V. (In Press). Overkill: Black lives and the spectacle of the Atlanta cheating scandal. Urban Education special issue, Urban youth, schooling, and education in the era on #BlackLivesMatter, Camika Royal and Marc Lamont Hill (Guest Eds.)

Royal, C. and Gibson, S. (2017). “They schools”: Culturally relevant pedagogy under siege. Teachers College Record special issue, A dream deferred: A retrospective view of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, 118(12). Gloria Ladson-Billings, Adrienne Dixson, Vanessa Dodo-Seriki, and Cory Brown (Guest Eds.)

Royal, C. (2017). Peace, be still: Black educators coping with constant school reform in Philadelphia. In Linking Health and Education for African American Student Success, Nadine Finigan-Carr (Ed.). Routledge

Dixson, A., Royal, C., and Henry, K. L.  (2014).  School reform and school choice in Philadelphia, Chicago, and New Orleans.  In Handbook of Urban Education, Kofi Lomotey and H. Richard Milner (Eds.).  Routledge

Royal, C. and Davis, J. E. (2010). Leaders of the New School: Teachers As Leaders in the Future of School Reform. New Perspectives in Educational Leadership: Exploring Social, Political, and Community Contexts in Meaning, Sonya Horsford (Ed.).  New York: Peter Lang. 

Royal, C.  (January 30, 2013).  Our education system is not broken, it’s designed to create winners and losers.  

Royal, C.  (November 8, 2012).  Please stop using the phrase ‘achievement gap’.