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T. Elon Dancy

Associate Professor

T. Elon Dancy

Department: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Program Area: Adult and Higher Education
Phone: 405-325-2769

T. Elon Dancy II is Associate Professor of Adult and Higher Education at The University of Oklahoma in Norman. He holds affiliate faculty appointments in African & African American Studies, Women’s & Gender Studies and the OU Center for Social Justice. Dr. Dancy’s research agenda investigates the experiences and sociocognitive outcomes of college students, particularly related to the nexus of race, gender, and culture. More specifically, Dr. Dancy's research informs the scholarly literature and institutional practices incident to African American males in K-20 educational settings. He is author or editor of 5 books and monographs -- (a) The Brother Code: Manhood and Masculinity among African American Males in College, (b) Educating African American Males: The Challenges of Context and the Possibilities for Practice, (c) Black Male Collegians: Increasing Access, Retention and Persistence in Higher Education, (d) African American Males and Education: Examining the Convergence of Race and Identity, and (e) Managing Diversity: (Re)visioning Equity on College Campuses.


The immediate past editor of the College Student Affairs Journal, Dr. Dancy is the recipient of many honors and awards including the 2014 Diverse Issues in Higher Education Top Emerging Scholar, the 2008 American Educational Research Association Citation for Dissertation Excellence in Postsecondary Education, and the 2005 Association for the Study of Higher Education-Council on Ethnic Participation Emerging Scholar Award. Twice named an Emerging Education Policy Scholar from both the Thomas B. Fordham and American Enterprise Institutes, Dr. Dancy has more than five dozen publications to his credit.  His research has been supported by a number of funding agencies including the National Science Foundation. Additionally, Dr. Dancy serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the American Education Research Association Research Focus on Black Education SIG and as a member of the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education Executive Committee.

Research Interests:

  • Postsecondary Access and Equity
  • Race and Gender
  • Student Identity and Identity Intersections
  • Sociology of Higher Education