James Earl Davis is the Bernard C. Watson Chair in Urban Education at Temple University and Professor of Higher Education in the College of Education and Human Development. He also holds affiliate faculty appointments in the Department of Africology and African American Studies and the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program. With an explicit concern for gender equity in education, his research has provided new insights into how social contexts of education inform racial and gender experiences and expressions, especially for Black boys and emerging adult men. More specifically, his work has investigated the construction of gender identity and its ties to engagement and performance at different education levels, from early learning to higher education. Davis’s current research focuses on gender-based education policy and reform; social stratification and urban neighborhood-university relations; and the intersection of schooling options and housing inequality. His work has been funded by varies agencies including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, Spencer Foundation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the William Penn Foundation. With research publications in numerous academic journals, books, and edited volumes, Professor Davis has sought to generate, leverage and trouble the field’s understanding of education pathways, the confluence of gender and race, and how broader contexts inform postsecondary possibilities. A former National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow and a Fulbright-Hays Scholar Davis’s scholarly work and professional contributions have been honored with the Warrior Award-International Colloquium on Black Males in Education, Distinguished Research Career Award-Center for Research and Mentoring of Black Male Students and Teachers, Association for the Study of Higher Education Distinguished Mentor Award, American Education Research Association’s Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award and AERA Fellow status. Throughout his career, he has been instrumental in advancing collaborative university relationships with schools, districts and community-based organizations, increasing external grant-funded for research and service initiatives; mentoring and supporting early career faculty and graduate students, and developing university place-based strategies and partnerships. Professor Davis holds a BA in Sociology from Morehouse College, a Ph.D. from Cornell University, and completed post-doctoral study in the Division of Education Policy at the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.

Courses Taught




EDUC 5101

Critical Understanding of Social Science Research


HIED 8104

Seminar on Theory in Higher Education and Leadership


EDAD 8787

Administration of Higher Education


Selected Publications