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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.


Present Lecturer, Penn Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
Present Director, Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education, University of Pennsylvania

Curriculum Vitae

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: Charles H.F. Davis III, Co-Director
Penn Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education
3819 Chestnut Street, Ste 130
Philadelphia, PA 19104