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Charmaine Royal

Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies and Global Health
1316 Campus Drive, 234 Ernestine Friedl Building, Box 90252, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 668-6515
Charmaine Royal


Charmaine Royal is Associate Professor of African & African American Studies, Biology, Global Health, and Family Medicine & Community Health at Duke University. She is also core faculty in the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, senior fellow in Kenan Institute for Ethics, and faculty in the Social Science Research Institute where she directs the Center on Genomics, Race, Identity, Difference and the Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation.


Dr. Royal’s research, scholarship, and teaching are transdisciplinary and global, focusing on ethical, legal, and social issues in genetics and genomics, particularly the intersection of race and genetics and its policy implications and practical interventions. She serves on numerous domestic and international professional committees and boards related to these topics.


Dr. Royal received a master’s in genetic counseling and a doctorate in human genetics from Howard University. She completed postgraduate training in bioethics and ELSI (ethical, legal, and social implications) research at the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health, and in epidemiology and behavioral medicine at Howard University Cancer Center.



Title Number Level
Understanding Sickle Cell Disease: A Biopsychosocial Approach
Crosslisted as GLHLTH 569 AAAS 569 GLHLTH 569
Health in the African Diaspora
Crosslisted as CULANTH 660 GLHLTH 672
AAAS 660
Race, Genomics, and Society
Crosslisted as BIOLOGY 261D GLHLTH 258D CULANTH 261D SCISOC 258D
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