Lori Patton Davis

Professor, Department of Educational Studies

Program Area: Higher Education and Student Affairs


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Lori Patton Davis, PhD is one of the most highly respected, accomplished and influential scholars in the field of higher education. She is author of more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and other academic publications appearing in venues such as 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 more than 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 recognized in the Edu-Scholar Rankings among the top 200 educators in the United States. 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.


  • PhD,  Higher Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2004

  • MA, College Student Personnel, Bowling Green State University, 1999

  • BS,  Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 1995

Research Summary

Lori Patton Davis 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.

Selected Grants

  • Patton, L. D., Jenkins, T., Etienne, L., Shrum, R., & Labode, M. (2018). Remember 1968: An Interactive, Traveling Exhibit. Institute for Arts and Humanities Grant. Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, $29,942.30
  • Patton, L. D. (2018). Policy Meets Urban Schooling: Black High School Students Educational Pathways Under the Missouri Transfer Law. Spencer Foundation. $49,964
  • Patton, L. D. (2018). White Racial Literacy Project. Fund for Racial Justice and Equity. Lumina Foundation for Education. $25,000
  • Patton, L. D. (2018). White Racial Literacy Project. IUPUI Welcoming Campus Innovation Fund. $50,000
  • Patton, L. D. (2018). ASHE Research and Community-Engagement Grant. Lumina Foundation for Education. $80,000