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About Lori Patton Davis

Dr. Patton earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education from Indiana University in 2004, M.A. in College Student Personnel at Bowling Green State University in 1999, and the B.S. in Speech Communication at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1995. She earned a graduate certificate in African and African American Studies at Indiana State University in 2000.
She is a scholar devoted to deconstructing issues of race, multiculturalism, and diversity in higher education and student affairs. Much of her research introspectively examines issues of access, equity, and evidence of racial injustice in the academy. Such investigations are grounded in perspectives that utilize critical race theory, identity development theories of diverse populations, black feminist thought, and environmental theory. She recently co-edited a New Directions for Student Services Sourcebook, entitled Responding to the Realities of Race in Higher Education and Student Affairs with Shaun Harper. Her scholarship has also been published in top peer-reviewed journals including Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Higher Education, and Journal of Negro Education. Dr. Patton also focuses her agenda on African Americans in higher education and the role of culture centers at predominantly White institutions. Dr. Patton is a contributing author to the first edited volume published about BCCs and editor of a forthcoming book entitled, Culture Centers in Higher Education: Perspectives on Identity, Theory, and Practice.
Dr. Patton is affiliated with and highly involved in numerous professional associations in higher education and student affairs. Over the past seven years, she has presented over 40 research papers, workshops and symposia at national student affairs and higher education conferences the majority dealing with issues of race, ethnicity, and women’s issues.


Present Associate Professor, Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis

Research Interests

African Americans in Higher Education, Critical Race Theory, Student Development Theory, Black Culture Centers, Social Justice Education, and Impact of Collegiate Environments on Students

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Honors and Awards

  • College of Human Sciences Early Achievement in Research Award
  • ASHE Mildred E. Garcia Award for Exemplary Scholarship
  • ACPA Emerging Scholar
  • ACPA Annuit Coeptis Emerging Professional Award


  • Student Development in Higher Education
  • Student Development Theory II: Social Identity Development
  • Campus Environments and Cultures
  • Capstone Seminar
  • Critical Race Theory

African Americans in Higher Education (4)

African American Women in Higher Education (5)

General Higher Education Topics (3)

Race in Higher Education (6)

Black Culture Centers (3)

Equity and Social Justice (3)

Intersectionality (2)