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T. Elon Dancy II, Ph.D. is the Helen S. Faison Endowed Chair and Director of the Center for Urban Education in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. He comes to this role from his position as Professor and Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Academic Inclusion in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to the associate deanship, Dancy served as Fellow in the OU Office of the Senior Vice-President and Provost. He also held affiliate faculty appointments in African and African American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Center for Social Justice.

An education sociologist, Dancy studies educational settings as sites of hegemony and identity negotiation. His research concerns issues of equity and justice in the educational pipeline as informed by race, gender, class, and other sociopolitical locations. More specifically, Dancy’s scholarship is driven by questions related to masculinity formations, historical context, and how collegiate praxis affects students’ academic and social outcomes. Publications appear in highly visible journals including Equity & Excellence in Education, Teachers College Record, American Behavioral Scientist, Urban Education, and Journal of Negro Education (among others).

Dancy is the author/editor of six books and monographs – Managing Diversity: (Re)visioning Equity on College Campuses (2010), The Brother Code: Manhood and Masculinity among African American Males in College (2012), Educating African American Males: Contexts for Consideration, Possibilities for Practice (2012), African American Males and Education: Examining the Convergence of Race and Identity (2012), Black Male Collegians: Increasing Access, Retention, and Persistence in Higher Education (2014), and Black Colleges across the Diaspora: Global Perspectives on Race and Stratification in Postsecondary Education (2017). He is the author or co-author of over 70 journal articles, book chapters, and publications related to education and society. Dancy is also past editor of The College Student Affairs Journal.

Dancy holds research awards and citations from the American Education Research Association (AERA) Division J, the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Council on Ethnic Participation, and several other national research institutes. In 2014, Diverse Issues in Higher Education named him Top Emerging Scholar for his contribution to the study of race and gender in higher education and society. Dancy’s professional service includes Chair of the AERA Research Focus on Black Education, Executive Board Member for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education, and editorial board member for several journals and handbooks in education research. He has served as a primary investigator on research projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation and The Heinz Endowments, among several agencies.

Dancy has served as subject matter expert for highly visible periodicals including Ebony magazine, The, and Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

T. Elon Dancy II, PhD
Director, Center for Urban Education 
Helen Faison Chair in Urban Education
The University of Pittsburgh