Faculty & Staff

Educational studies refers to the systematic study of schooling and education in societies. Its character and methods are derived from a number of academic disciplines, combinations of disciplines, and area studies, including: history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, religion, political science, economics, cultural studies, gender studies, LGBTQ studies, comparative and international education, educational policy studies, as well as transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. We specialize in the study of formal and nonformal educational settings and challenge students to think deeply about complex social issues and strategies for lives of leadership and service.

Rick Gay

Rick Gay
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Greensboro

I teach several courses for the department, including School and Society in the Novel, History of Educational Theory and Practice, and Multicultural Education. My research focuses on the historical foundations of democratic education. I also teach in Davidson's humanities program.

Hilton Kelly

Hilton Kelly (Chair)
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts at Amherst

I teach courses in educational studies, sociology, and Africana studies, such as Schools and Society, Education in African-American Society, Growing up Jim Crow, and Critical Race Theory. I'm a specialist in the sociology of education with a research focus on the lives and work of African-Americans in the United States.


Kathryn Perez

Kathryn Perez
Administrative Assistant
M.S., M.A. The University of Alabama

My responsibilities include programming and operations, managing budgets, event planning, social media, overseeing the historic Carolina Inn, and working with faculty, staff, students and alumni.