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About Charles H.F. Davis III

Dr. Charles H.F. Davis III is an assistant professor of clinical education, director of research, and the chief strategy officer of the USC Race and Equity Center. Dr. Davis’ research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Urban Education, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, Educational Foundations, Men and Masculinities, and the Journal of Negro Education. In addition to his written scholarship, Dr. Davis hosted and produced “Saving Tomorrow, Today,” a long-form documentary about the structural barriers facing Black youth in education and innovative solutions to support their success. He is currently working on his first book titled “Flourish,” an ethnography examining the contemporary organizing practices of the Dream Defenders, an organization of Black and Brown youth building power and fighting for freedom in the deep south.


July 2017 - Present Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
July 2017 - Present Chief Strategy Officer, University of Southern California ‐ USC Race and Equity Center

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Race & Equity Issues in Higher Education, Student Activism and Social Movements in College, and Digital Media and Social Change in Higher Education

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Honors and Awards

  • NASPA Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation Award, Runner-up
  • Ford Dissertation Fellowship, Honorable Mention
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Golden Key Honor Society
  • Omicron Delta Kappa National Honorary


  • Gender in College
  • Activism and Social Movements in Higher Education
  • Student Identity in College
  • Higher Education in the United States
  • Student Affairs and the Black College Experience
  • Media, Fashion, and Black Feminist Thought

Contact Information

ATTN: Dr. Charles H.F. Davis III
Waite Phillips Hall, USC Race and Equity Center
3407 Trousdale Pkwy, Ste 1103
Philadelphia, PA 19104