Lori Patton Davis

Associate Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs, IUPUI

Lori Patton Davis, PhD is a higher education scholar whose research agenda focuses on African Americans in postsecondary contexts, Critical Race Theory applied to higher education, college student development theory and the influence of campus environments on student experiences.

Patton Davis is perhaps the most well-known researcher and scholar in the area of culture centers. She wrote the first dissertation focusing on culture centers, "From Protest to Progress: An Examination of the Relevance, Relationships and Roles of Black Culture Centers (BCCs)." Moreover, she is the editor of the recently released book, Campus Culture Centers in Higher Education, which highlights various types of racial/ethnic specific culture centers in higher education, their continued relevance, and implications for their existence in relation to student retention and success. Patton Davis regularly serves as a consultant and national speaker on culture centers given her knowledge and expertise in this particular area. Her most recent research examines issues of intersectionality in the experiences of African American lesbian, gay, and bisexual students attending historically black colleges and universities and those who belong to black Greek-letter organizations. Patton Davis is also engaged in critical scholarship on the experiences of black undergraduate women in higher education. She is the editor of the forthcoming book, Debunking the "New Model Minority" Myth: Critical Perspectives on Black Women in College.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis