Ryan J. Davis is a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education Program and an affiliate in the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society at Indiana University Bloomington. Prior to arriving in Indiana, Ryan was a Senior Program Manager for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program—a $1.6 billion dollar initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He also accumulated a decade of professional experience in academic affairs, student affairs, and higher education non-profit settings.
Ryan’s research has focused on the experiences and outcomes of underrepresented students in higher education, college student access and choice, and higher education policy and politics. He co-authored the monograph, Racial and Ethnic Minority Students’ Success in STEM Education, published in 2011 by Jossey-Bass. Ryan’s scholarship has also been published in the Journal of College Student Development, Journal of College Student Retention, Journal of Negro Education, and the Negro Educational Review. His research has been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed. Ryan and his colleagues were presented the “Outstanding Research Award” by the American College Personal Association’s Standing Committee for Men in 2009.
Ryan is a recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the 93.9 WKYS’ “Top 30 Under 30” in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. He was also named a Graduate Fellow at the Institute for Higher Education Policy, a Fellow at the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Institute for Critical Policy Research, a “TRIO Achiever” by the Connecticut Association for Educational Opportunity Programs, and he is a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Ryan holds a master’s degree in Higher Education from Old Dominion University where he was awarded the “Outstanding Graduate Student in Higher Education Award” and the “Emerging Professional Award,” and he earned a bachelors degree in Business Administration from Eastern Connecticut State University where he was bestowed with the “Dr. Martin Luther King Distinguished Service Award.”