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About Lori Patton Davis

Lori Patton Davis, one of the most highly respected, accomplished, and influential scholars in the field of higher education. She is a tenured full professor at Indiana University and immediate past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Lori 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 EducationTeachers College RecordJournal of College Student DevelopmentUrban 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 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 EducationInside Higher EdHuffington PostDiverse 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. Lori earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education from Indiana University , M.A. in College Student Personnel at Bowling Green State University, and the B.S. in Speech Communication at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She also earned a graduate certificate in African and African American Studies at Indiana State University.


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)