CHARLES H.F. DAVIS III, Ph.D.
Thanks for dropping by to learn more about me, my work, and indulge my various musings about a little of this, that, and the other. Currently I serve as an assistant professor at the Rossier School of Education and the chief strategy officer and director of research at the USC Race and Equity Center. As a faculty member I am primarily responsible for teaching graduate-level courses and conducting research on forms of organized resistance, systems of oppression, and structures of domination in education and its social contexts. As Chief Strategy Officer, I provide overall strategic management and alignment of the Center's portfolios of work, which include but are not limited to: the National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates, USC Equity Summits and Institutes, and the National Equity Network. As Director of Research, I facilitate the production of the Center's groundbreaking research through facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations between affiliated USC faculty and graduate students, which results in the publication of articles, research reports, policy briefs, monographs, and other research documents. Lastly, I oversee the production digital media content, research colloquia, symposia and other programs to enhance the national reputation of research produced by the Center and its affiliates.
My own scholarly research broadly examines the use of digital media in contemporary student organizing and social movements in college. I recently completed an two-year ethnographic study of college student organizers in Florida. This study was done in conjunction with the Activist Millennials Project, which serves as the nexus of research and practice for millennials engaged in activism and social justice organizing at the intersections of educational institutions and communities. Additionally, I am in the process of developing a digital and visual ethnography from my study entitled Flourish™. I am also the principal investigator for the Protest Policy Project, a new national study funded by the National Center of Institutional Diversity that investigates policies intended to punish student activists and protestors engaged in organized resistance against hate speech on college and university campuses.
My other research and writing has focused on the racialized and gendered experiences of college students, particularly among African American men. Most recently my work as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University has continued this work, focusing on understanding the ways in which Black men develop pro-feminist and anti-homophobic masculinities in college. In addition, as an inaugural research associate with the the Center, I contributed to research on the administration of the Grad Prep Academy and Institutional Change for Black Male Success Project. While at the University of Arizona I also served as a research specialist for the 'Getting Connected' project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which examined the role of social media technology in community college student success, under the direction of principle investigators Regina Deil-Amen and Cecilia Rios-Aguilar.
Outside of the academy, I am engaged in service work through various community and professional organizations, programs, and initiatives, particularly those related to education and social change. In addition, I facilitate educational workshops, informative presentations, and inspirational speeches at various colleges & universities, K-12 schools, and non-profit organizations around the country. I recently collaborated with TVOne/RadioOne/InteractiveOne to host and executive produce "Saving Tomorrow, Today," an 22-minute documentary on the challenges facing Black youth in schools and the innovative solutions to support and sustain their social and academic success. Some of my written work has been featured on Los Angeles Times, Ebony.com, HBCU Digest, Black Enterprise, and Vibe.com while also serving as an on-air contributor to segments on NBC BLK, NewsOne Now, Huffington Post Live, 900AM WURD Philadelphia, and local news affiliates in various cities.
If you are interested any of my work or speaking at your institution, drop me a line using the contact form or e-mail me directly at charles[at]hfdavis[dot]com. More detailed information regarding my work can also be found on my CV.
I look forward to building with you in the future. Peace.