James Earl Davis, Ph.D.
Professor of Educational Leadership
Bernard C. Watson Endowed Chair in Urban Education
Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

445 Ritter Annex
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122
phone: (215) 204-3002

  • Ph.D. - Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (Social Policy and Evaluation Research)
  • B.A. - Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia (Sociology)
Areas of Professional Interest
  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology of Higher Education
  • Educational Policy
  • Access and Equity

My research focuses on gender and schooling outcomes; men, boys and masculinity; sociology of higher education; and applied research methods. I am particularly interested in issues of access and equity in the educational pipeline as they are informed by gender, race, class, and the intersection of these social locations. My research agenda has been driven by reoccurring questions related to what we know about the social context of identity and how institutions (e.g., schools, college and universities, families, and communities) and policy (e.g., education reform, gender-based instruction and schools) are implicated in academic and social outcomes. I’ve had the opportunity to work with inspiring colleagues and graduate students who continue to refine my work and its impact. Currently, I have funding from the National Science Foundation for the project, STEMing the tide: Exploring factors related to males of color interest, engagement and achievement in mathematics and science. This project will facilitate the dissemination of the most recent research about identity and it relationship to science and mathematics achievement for boys and young men of color.

Recent Scholarship

Davis, J. E., Dancy, T. E. (forthcoming, 2013). Manly deeds and scholarship: Strategies for the social and academic development of African American males. Alexandria, Virginia: Association for Curriculum and Supervision Development.

Dancy, T. E. & Davis, J. E. (In press). Don’t ask, don’t tell: African American males, identity politics, and intersections in educational research. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.

Brown, M. C., Dancy, T. E., & Davis, J. E. (2012). Educating African American males: Contexts for consideration, possibilities for practice. New York: Peter Lang.

Davis, J. E. (2012). Negotiating masculinity in college: African American males and academic engagement. In M.C. Brown, T.E. Dancy, and J.E. Davis (Eds.), Educating African American males: Contexts for consideration, possibilities for practice (pp. 53-66). New York: Peter Lang.

Baldridge, B., Hill, M. L., & Davis, J.E. (2011). New possibilities: (re)engaging Black male youth within community-based educational spaces. Race, Ethnicity and Education, 14, 1, 121-136.

Davis, J. E. (2010). Uneasy Ties: Race and gender in urban education reform. In V.C. Polite and E. Zamani (Eds.), The State of African American Men in Michigan: A courageous conversation (pp. 145-164).East Lansing, MI: Michigan State Press.

Horvat, E. & Davis, J. E. (2010). Schools as sites for transformation: Exploring the contribution of habitus. Youth & Society, 43, 1, 142-170.

Joe, E. M. & Davis, J. E. (2010). Parental Influence, School Readiness and Early Academic Achievement of African American Boys. Journal of Negro Education, 78, 260-276.