Biography - Ryan Justin Davis


Davis_Ryan_2015_webRyan 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 DevelopmentJournal of College Student RetentionJournal 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.”

News & Events

Friday, December 10

RJ Davis named TRIO Achiever

Ryan was selected as one of three 2010 TRIO Achievers by the Connecticut Association for Educational Opportunity Programs. TRIO Achievers are alumni of one or more Federal TRIO Programs that (1) hold “high stature” within his/her profession or has received recognition for outstanding academic achievement, […]

Monday, November 15

Appointed Manager of GMSP

Ryan was appointed "Manager for Outreach" for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMSP). GMSP, a national scholarship program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, awards 1,000 scholarships each year to high achieving, low-income students of color. In his new role, Ryan will manage […]

Monday, February 22

Top 30 Under 30 in the DMV

Ryan was recognized as one of 93.9 WKYS’ “Top 30 Under 30″ leaders in the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia). The Top 30 Under 30 Club represents a collection of the best and brightest young African Americans leaders in the area. To read more about […]