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Lori Patton Davis

Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs, The Ohio State University

Lori Patton Davis, one of the most highly respected, accomplished, and influential scholars in the field of higher education. She is Chair of the Educational Studies Department and a tenured full professor in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. She is 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 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and other academic publications appearing in venues such as The Journal of Higher
Education, Teachers College Record, Journal of College Student Development, Urban Education, and International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. Her research has been cited in over 6,000 publications 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 and was recently recognized in the Edu-Scholar Rankings among the top 200 educators in the US. She is a frequently sought-after expert on a wide range of education topics. The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Conversation, Inside Higher Ed, Huffington Post, Diverse 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.


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