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Lori Patton Davis, PhD

  • Title: Professor of Higher Education & Student Affairs and Chair of Educational Studies Department in the College of Education & Human Ecology

Lori Patton Davis is a nationally recognized scholar, educator and thought leader. Patton Davis is a professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs and Chair of Educational Studies Department in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. Patton Davis is best known for her scholarship on African Americans in higher education, critical race theory, campus diversity initiatives on college campuses, girls and women of color in educational and social contexts, and college student development and graduate preparation.

Patton Davis is perhaps the most well-known in the area of culture centers. Moreover, she is the editor of the recently released book, Campus Culture Centers in Higher Education, which highlights various types of racial/ethnic specific culture centers in higher education, their continued relevance, and implications for their existence in relation to student retention and success.

Lori was the first African American female president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) in 2018. Patton Davis was recently recognized as one of Diverse Issues in Higher Education Top 35 Women in Higher Education. Patton Davis is the recipient of many other awards.

Patton Davis earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Indiana University, Bloomington. Patton Davis also holds degrees in speech communication and African American studies.

Patton Davis is the keynote speaker for the 2019 GP3 Summit and Awards.