Eddie R. Cole

Associate Professor of Higher Education and Organizational Change, UCLA

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Eddie R. Cole is associate professor of higher education and organizational change at the University of California at Los Angeles where his research focuses on college presidents’ historic role in shaping racial politics and practices both inside and outside of education. He is author of The Campus Color Line: College Presidents and the Struggle for Black Freedom published in 2020 by Princeton University Press. Ibram X. Kendi called the book “stunning and ambitious.” In 2021 and 2022, Cole was named by Education Week as one of “the top university-based scholars in the U.S. who did the most last year to shape educational practice and policy.” He has received awards from the American Educational Research Association, History of Education Society, and the Association of American Colleges & Universities. Cole’s scholarship and writings have been featured in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Chronicle of Higher Education, and he has appeared as an expert commentator on BBC World News and C-Span BookTV. Cole earned a BS from Tennessee State University and a MSEd and PhD from Indiana University.