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Biographical Information


A critical scholar whose research agenda focuses on African Americans in postsecondary contexts, Critical Race Theory applied to higher education, college student development theory and the influence of campus environments on student experiences.

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Lori Patton Davis, Ph.D. is one of the most highly respected, accomplished, and influential scholars in the field of higher education. Professor Patton Davis is best known for her important cross-cutting scholarship on African Americans in higher education, critical race theory, campus diversity initiatives on college campuses, girls and women of color in educational and social contexts, and college student development and graduate preparation.


She is author of over 50 peer- reviewed journal articles and other academic publications including The Journal of Higher Education, Teachers College Record, Journal of College Student Development, Urban Education, and International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. Her research has been cited in nearly 5,000 published studies and funded by grants from the Spencer Foundation, Lumina Foundation, American Psychological Foundation and an array of other entities.


She is the immediate past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and she has served on seven editorial boards for journals in the field of education and was previously associate editor of QSE. She was the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division J Equity and Inclusion Officer for six years. The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) members elected her to a two-year term as the first Director of Equity and Inclusion on the Association’s national governing board.


Lori has received many national awards for her scholarly contributions. She is a frequently sought-after expert on a wide range of education topics. The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, Huffington Post, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and dozens of other media outlets have quoted Lori and featured her research. She has also advised university presidents and other senior administrators, philanthropic foundation executives, culture center directors, and educators in urban K-12 schools. 


Ph.D., Higher Education, Indiana University


M.A., College Student Personnel, Bowling Green State University


B.S., Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

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