James Earl Davis, Ph.D.

James Earl Davis, Ph.D.

Bernard C. Watson Endowed Chair in Urban Education
Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

433 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 / Masculinity and Education
  • Sociology of Higher Education
  • Educational Policy
  • Access and Equity & Success
  • Evaluation Research 
Recent Scholarship

Recent Grants & Sponsored Projects

Philadelphia Housing Authority. Project: Norris Residential Community-Temple University Collaborative. PI James Earl Davis, Co-PI Meghan Raisch. Funding Period: February 1, 2015 to January 30, 2016, Amount Funded: $159,900.
Philadelphia Housing Authority. Project: Out of School Time Summer Learning: Norris Community-Temple University Collaborative. PI James Earl Davis, Co-PI Meghan Raisch (#430422). Funding Period: June 26, 2015 to October 31, 2015, Amount Funded: $93,579.
National Science Foundation. Project: Temple Noyce Teacher (TNT) Scholars Program. PI James Earl Davis (#0934859). Funding Period: June 1, 2012 to September 30, 2015. Amount Funded: $900,000
National Science Foundation-Research on Gender in Science and Engineering Program. Project:  STEMing the Tide: Exploring Factors Related to Males of Color Interest, Engagement and Achievement in Mathematics and Science.  PI James Earl Davis, Co-PI Elon Dancy (#1240757). Funding Period: August 20, 2102 to July 30, 2014. Amount Funded: $200,000.
Pennsylvania Department of Education - 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant. Project: STEAM Out of School Time Program. PI James Earl Davis. Funding Period: October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2018, Amount Funded: $1,194,829. Pending
National Science Foundation Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Project: First-Hand Inquiry. PI-Danielle Stollak, University Science Center, Co-PI James Earl Davis. Amount Funded: $300,000. Pending
William Penn Foundation, Project - Urban Education Collaborative. PI James Earl Davis, Co-PIs Wanda Brooks and Peshe Kuriloff. Funding Period: July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2014, Amount Funded: $1,200,000.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Khalifa, M.A., Gooden, M. A. & Davis, J.E. (in press). Culturally responsive school leadership: A synthesis of the literature. Review of Educational Research.

Lofton, R. & Davis, J.E. (2015). Toward a Black Habitus: African Americans Navigating Systemic Inequalities Within Home, School, and Community. Journal of Negro Education., 84, 3, 214-230.

Gadsden, V.L., Davis, J.E., & Jacobs Johnson, C.Y. (2015).  African American Fathers and Families within Cultural and Historical Perspective.  In Roopnarine, J. L. (Ed.) Fathers Across Cultures: The Importance, Roles, and Diverse Practices of Dads. Westport, CT: Praeger Press.

Davis, J. E. (2013). Negotiating masculinity in college: African American males and academic engagement. In M. C. Brown, T. E. Dancy & J.E. Davis (Eds.), Educating African American males:  Context for consideration, possibilities for practice (pp. 53-66).  New York:  Peter Lang.

Davis, J. E. (2013). Research on equitable and excellent schools: Lessons for leadership practice. In L. C. Tillman and J. J. Scheurich (Eds.), Handbook of research on educational leadership for diversity and equity (pp. 405-408). New York: Routledge.

Gastic, B. & Davis, J. E. (2013). Working toward a 21st Century framework for researchers of school safety leadership and practice. In L. C. Tillman and J. J. Scheurich (Eds.), Handbook of research on educational leadership for diversity and equity (pp. 537-551). New York: Routledge.

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.

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

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.

Royal, C. & Davis, J. E. (2010). The new school: Teachers as leaders in the future of school reform. In S. Horseford (Ed.), New Perspectives in Educational Leadership (pp. 239-259). New York: Peter Lang.

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.

Davis, J. E. & Madsen, J. (2010). African American principals in urban schools: Implications for organizational structures and improved education outcomes. In Foster, L. & Tillman, L. (Eds.) African American perspectives on leadership in schools (pp. 115-139). Austin, TX: University Council for Educational Administration.