Dr. Charles Davis is an Assistant Professor in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education. His current research and teaching broadly focus on issues race and racism, systems of oppression, and structures of domination in U.S. higher education and its social contexts. In particular, his ethnographic work examines contemporary student activism at the intersections of campus and community, specifically focusing on the mobilization of resources and tactical repertoires used to achieve movement goals. He has received funding support from the Lumina Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the National Center for Institutional Diversity.
In addition to publishing in top peer-reviewed academic journals, Dr. Davis recently co-edited Student Activism, Politics, and Campus Climate in Higher Education as well as hosted and produced a long-form documentary about the structural barriers facing Black youth in education and innovative solutions to support their success. Dr. Davis’ work has been featured by leading national news outlets, cited in Amicus Curiae briefs in the Fisher v. University of Texas and the SFFA v. Harvard Supreme Court cases, and was recently recognized by Diverse Issues of Higher Education where he was named a 2020 Emerging Scholar.
Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Davis was an Assistant Professor of Clinical Education in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California and the Chief Strategy Officer and Director of Research of the USC Race and Equity Center. While at USC, Dr. Davis was recognized as Faculty Member of the Year by the USC Rossier Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs Network and Outstanding Faculty Member by the USC Rossier Student Organization.
Dr. Davis earned his doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Arizona and holds master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and Florida State University.