Dr. Charles H.F. Davis III is a third-generation educator and creator committed to the lives, love, and liberation of everyday Black people. Named a 2020 Emerging Scholar by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Dr. Davis is an award-winning professor at the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan where his research and teaching broadly focus on issues of race, racism, and systemic oppression in education and society.
Dr. Davis has produced more than three dozen publications including research articles, books, and scholarly essays as well as several short and feature-length films. Most recently, he co-edited “Student Activism, Politics, and Campus Climate and Higher Education,” which offers a contemporary portrait of student political engagement on-campus and beyond. Additionally, Dr. Davis’ work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg News, The Chronicle of Higher Education and cited in amicus briefs to the Supreme Court of the United States.
As a strategist and racial equity educator, Dr. Davis has trained more the 7,000 students, educators, and institutional leaders from over 100 colleges and universities around the world. Most notably Dr. Davis has given invited lectures at Brown University, Grambling State University, the Sorbonne University in Paris, Stanford University, and Wharton Business School at the Univeristy of Pennsylvania.
As an organizer, Dr. Davis is the founder and director for the Scholars for Black Lives collective, an international group of grassroots and university thinkers who are politically committed to the labor of engaged scholarship, public teaching, and advocacy against injustice to the end of improving the material conditions for everyday Black people. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where Black Lives Matter Los Angeles is his political home.