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Charles Davis

Assistant Professor of Education, School of Education
University of Michigan


Doctor of Education (EdD) Higher Education ( University of Arizona )

Discipline Area

Social & Behavioral Sciences

Societal Priority

Civic Engagement, Activism, & Social Movements;Education - higher and postsecondary education;Media, Communications, & Public Opinion;Politics, Government, & Democracy

Social Category Focus

Race & Ethnicity


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, and he was recently recognized by Diverse Issues of Higher Education as a 2020 Emerging Scholar.

Current Work

Dr. Davis' 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.

Research Area Keyword(s)

ethnography; higher education; race; Social movements; technology