Constance Iloh is an education scholar with research expertise on for-profit higher education, college access, and college equity
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Honored as Forbes 30 under 30 and headlined as a "Higher Ed Powerhouse" by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Dr. Constance Iloh is an education scholar committed to advancing understanding of the changing landscape of postsecondary education and its impact on underrepresented students.
Dr. Iloh is currently an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of California, Irvine. Prior to notification of her selection as a UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Iloh was offered and accepted a position as an assistant professor of higher education at the University of California, Irvine School of Education. As a result of receiving the prestigious UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Program Fellowship, she deferred her faculty appointment. She received a Ph.D from the University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education. 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.
Professor Iloh’s innovative research on college access, opportunity, educational stratification, and the privatization of postsecondary education 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).
Dr. Iloh has published widely, particularly on students and practices within the spaces of for- profit colleges and community colleges. Professor Iloh’s most recent article, “Exploring the For-Profit Experience: An Ethnography of a For-Profit College” in the prestigious American Educational Research Journal, was the second most downloaded and read article for this top journal for the entire year of 2016. Dr. Iloh’s forthcoming book on contemporary college-going narratives will be published by the esteemed Johns Hopkins University Press. Iloh is also the principal investigator for a new $32,450 grant funded by ECMC to explore virtual learning in vocational higher education.
Professor Iloh has been an invited speaker for the Hammer Museum, the Harvard Graduate School Education, and the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans to name a few. Iloh was an invited panelist for a live-streamed presidential session on #BlackLivesMatter and Public Scholarship at the 100th conference for the American Educational Research Association (the largest education association in the world). Dr. Iloh has also served as an invited expert by the White House Initiative and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Campaign for a discussion on first-generation college students and beating the odds. In March 2017, she was selected as the national keynote speaker for the McNair Scholars and Undergraduate Research Program. Iloh has also been invited to discuss her research on disrupting pervasive inequities in higher education as a keynote speaker for NBC Universal and Telemundo.
In addition to being one of the only academics to ever make the Forbes 30 under 30 list, in 2016 Dr. Iloh was also named one of the 100 most influential and inspirational Nigerian women. In July of 2016, Professor Iloh received the Face2FaceAfrica YACE Award and Fellowship for being a young trailblazer and innovative thinker in education. In January 2017, National Public Radio (NPR) named Professor Iloh a national expert while highlighting her as their Source of the Week.