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 one of the change-makers and break-out talents of the Forbes 30 under 30 list and headlined as a "Higher Ed Powerhouse”, Dr. Constance Iloh is an award-winning scholar, professor, and anthropologist committed to advancing understanding of the 21st century educational ecosystem and its impact on underserved and underrepresented communities.
An assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine, Iloh investigates educational opportunity, inequities, and stratification through the disciplines of anthropology and business. She is currently the recipient of the Hellman Fellowship, a distinguished research grant and fellowship bestowed upon early career scholars showing great distinction in their field of research.
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 recent 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. Professor Iloh’s 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.
Iloh has been invited to share her work with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Telemundo, NBC Universal, and Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Campaign. In 2017, Dr. Iloh received the Scholar of the Year Award at the African Diaspora Awards (the world's largest gathering to celebrate excellence across the Black/African Diaspora)In 2017, she was the national keynote speaker for the McNair Scholars and Undergraduate Research Program. Professor Iloh's forthcoming book on contemporary college-going narratives will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press.