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About Matthew Davis

Matthew D. Davis, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Educational Foundations in the Depart of Educational Services and Professional Programs at the University of Missour-St. Louis. Dr. Davis earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D., (curriculum & instruction, educational administration, history, and public affairs) at The University of Texas at Austin in 2000. Additionally, he is the program advisor for the new Graduate Certificate in Social Justice.  Dr. Davis is a historian of education and principally teaches courses in the foundations of education.  His current book-length projects are: Unmasking desegregation: Anti-Black school policy in the border South, 1954-1972 (with Dr. Claude Weathersby as lead author; under contract with InfoAge Publishing); and Local curriculum work in post-Brown mid-American schools, a solo-edited volume in conceptual stage.

Professor Davis also leads a St. Louis region-wide, multi-ethnic, educational research community focused on social justice and equity in schooling and its relation to community writ large.  The group is populated by nearly one hundred scholar-practitioners who are all doctorate-earners or doctoral students, most who are public school teachers, leaders, and scholars of color. 

He has advised more than thirty PhD earners, most who have written dissertations that arise out of Critical Race Theory to examine the racialized experiences of and policy impacts on children and youth in schools and universities.


Present Associate Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs
Present Associate Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Education
Present Program Co-advisor, University of Missouri-St. Louis Community Education
Present Program Director, University of Missouri-St. Louis Graduate Certificate in Social Justice
2000 - 2005 Assistant Professor, Rowan University ‐ Department of Secondary Education/Foundation of Education
2000 Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at Austin ‐ Department of Curriculm & Instruction
1994 - 1995 Proctor, University of Texas at Austin ‐ Student Microcomputer Facility


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Professional Service and Affiliations

1999 - 2000 Mathematics Mentor, Richarté High School (Georgetown Independent School District)
1996 - 2000 Substitute Teacher in History, Language Arts, and Mathematics, Georgetown Independent School District
1986 - 1993 General Manager, Texan House, Inc.
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Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Faculty Award, College of Education, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2007-2008
  • New Faculty Teaching Scholar, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2006-2007
  • Separately Budgeted Research Award, Rowan University, 2001
  • AERA/Spencer Doctoral Research Fellowship, 1997-1998
  • Hollis, L. Caswell Laureate Doctorate Scholarship, Kappa Delta Pi Educational Foundation, 1997-1998
  • Alexander Caswell Ellis Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin, 1995-1996
  • Graduate Research Award, University of Texas at Austin Phi Delta Kappa Chapter, 1997
  • AERA, Division F, Invitational Mentoring Seminar, 1998, 2004
  • AERA, Division B, Invitational Graduate Student Seminar, 1998
  • Travel Fellowship, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, University of Texas at Austin, 1998-2000
  • Travel Fellowship, Department of Educational Administration, University of Texas at Austin, 1995-1996


  • Research Process I: Framing Research Questions
  • Black History in Schools and Community
  • Analysis of Educational Issues
  • Historical Methods in Educational Research
  • African American History
  • Critical Race Theory in Education
  • Educational Philosophy
  • Political Contexts of Education
  • Social Contexts of Education
  • Demographic Concepts of Education
  • Ed.D. Learning Community Courses
  • Black Americans in Education


2000 PhD, University of Texas at Austin
1997 MEd, University of Texas at Austin ‐ Educational Policy and Planning
1992 BLS, St. Edward's University ‐ History

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