Dr. Constance Iloh is an award-winning anthropologist of education, consultant, speaker, and professor. Described as a “higher education powerhouse” by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Professor Iloh’s program of research explores educational opportunity and inequities; qualitative inquiry; college access and choice; institutional culture; social context; and student experiences. Dr. Iloh, who currently serves as an assistant professor at the University of California-Irvine, is especially known for her work that investigates the college-going narratives and realities of underserved students in higher education as well work that examines for-profit colleges and community colleges.
Professor Iloh received a Ph.D in Urban Education Policy from the University of Southern California where she became the first from the Rossier School of Education to receive the PhD Achievement Award- the highest honor given to any PhD holder at the university. Constance earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master’s degree in business management from Wake Forest University.
One of Professor Iloh's most notable scholarly contributions is the Iloh Model of College-going Decisions and Trajectories, a new and innovative three-component ecological model that illuminates contemporary college decisions and educational narratives while also problematizing the notion of college “choice.”
Dr. Iloh’s research on college access and “choice”, institutional culture, and student experiences has been published in journals such as the American Educational Research Journal, Journal of Negro Education, Harvard Educational Review, and Teachers College Record.
Her research and expertise has been cited in multiple spaces, including the Harvard Law Review and featured in Forbes, Politico, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Black Girl Nerds, Education Dive, Inside Higher Ed, For Harriet, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and National Public Radio (NPR). In 2017, NPR named Professor Iloh a national expert while highlighting her as their Source of the Week.
Professor Iloh has been invited to share her work with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, the Hammer Museum, the Institute for Higher Education, Telemundo, NBC Universal, and Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Campaign. In November, Dr. Iloh will be the keynote speaker for the Community College League of California, the largest organization representing California community colleges and their leadership.
Iloh is a 2018-2019 recipient of the prestigious UC Hellman Fellowship, a highly competitive research fellowship bestowed upon assistant professors showing great distinction in their field.
She made history as the first Black professor in the School of Education at UC Irvine. In 2016, Dr. Iloh became one of the few academics ever named to the change-agents and break-out stars of the Forbes “30 under 30” list.