Charles H.F. Davis  III

Charles H.F. Davis III

Assistant Professor of Clinical Education
Chief Strategy Officer and Director of Research, USC Race and Equity Center

Ph.D., University of Arizona
M.Ed., University of Pennsylvania
M.A., Florida State University
B.A., Florida State University

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Student activism and social movements in college, race and racism in education, new and social media in education, campus climate in higher education, workplace climate in higher education, social foundations of education, ethnographic research and qualitative methods of inquiry

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USC Race & Equity Center

Charles H.F. Davis III

Dr. Charles H.F. Davis III is an assistant professor of clinical education, director of research, and the chief strategy officer of the USC Race and Equity Center. Dr. Davis’ research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Urban Education, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, Educational Foundations, Men and Masculinities, and the Journal of Negro Education. In addition to his written scholarship, Dr. Davis hosted and produced “Saving Tomorrow, Today,” a long-form documentary about the structural barriers facing Black youth in education and innovative solutions to support their success. He is currently working on his first book titled “Flourish,” an ethnography examining the contemporary organizing practices of the Dream Defenders, an organization of Black and Brown youth building power and fighting for freedom in the deep south.

Before joining the Rossier faculty, Dr. Davis served as a lecturer in the Penn Graduate School of Education and a visiting research fellow at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. He also was Director of Higher Education Research in the Penn Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education. His graduate research was recognized by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, earning the Melvin D. Hardee Dissertation of the Year Award (runner-up). In addition, Dr. Davis and his work have been featured by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, Colorlines (by Race Forward), Academe, and Change Magazine. He has also been interviewed and served as an on-air contributor to NBC, Fox News, Huffington Post Live, and NewsOne Now with Roland Martin. 

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