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Lupe Davidson

Interim Chair, Eberly Associate Dean for Faculty

201 Woodburn Hall

Lupe Davidson is Associate Dean for Social Justice, Faculty Development and Innovation for the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and a Woodburn Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies. Lupe received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric from Duquesne University. Previously she has been the L.J. Semrod Presidential Professor of Arts and Sciences, Associate Professor and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, Co-Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Center for Social Justice, Assistant Professor and Interim Director of Business Communication and Assistant Professor of African American Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

In 2017, she was the recipient of the Black Girls Rock—Maria del Guadalupe Davidson Rock Star Award, named in her honor, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Jill Irvine Leadership Award. She has led a study abroad course in Uganda on ‘Women Creating Social Change,” related to her interdisciplinary, collaborative research in the region. Her co-edited book Our Black Sons Matter: Mothers Talk about Fears, Sorrows and Hopes (with George Yancey and Susan Hadley) was named one of the American Library Association’s “Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction Books of 2016”.


  • Ph.D., Duquesne University


  • Black feminist theory
  • Rhetorical theory and criticism
  • Africana philosophical thought
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