James Earl Davis

James Earl Davis

James Earl Davis is a professor and the Interim Dean in the College of Education at Temple University. He also holds secondary faculty appointments in the Department of African American Studies and the Women Studies Program. His research centers on educational policy, sociology of education, issues of equity and access to higher education, urban school reform, and gender and cultural studies. Davis has investigated the influence of social contexts of learning, including various school settings with a concern for how gender and race are related to students' achievement and engagement outcomes. His work has appeared in numerous academic journals, including Gender & Society, Urban Education, Youth & Society, American Journal of Evaluation, Race, Ethnicity and Education and Review of Research in Education.

A former National Academy of Education Postdoctoral Fellow, Davis was a faculty member at the University of Delaware and Cornell University. He has also served as Visiting Scholar for the Institute for Research of Women and Gender at the University of Michigan and for the Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research work has been funded by the Spencer Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the William Penn Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education. Davis earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Morehouse College and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.