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Morgan, Demetri L.

Title/s:  Associate Professor

Specialty Area: Student Activism & Political Engagement, Postsecondary Education Governance, College Student Development, Campus Climate, Equity & Inclusion, Organizational Theory, Socially Responsible Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM)

Office #:  Lewis Towers 1140, WTC

Email: dmorgan6@luc.edu

CV Link: /media/lucedu/education/faculty/cv/Demetri L. Morgan CV_Fall2023_Public.pdf


Demetri L. Morgan, Ph.D., (he/him) is an Associate Professor of Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Morgan's research explores the role higher education institutions can and should play in a diverse democracy. Specifically, Dr. Morgan’s scholarship and teaching seek to illuminate, in anti-deficit ways, how people navigate, resist, and transform socio-political systems, policies, and organizational cultures. Dr. Morgan's lines of inquiry include: (a) how student political engagement and activism (re)shape institutions, (b) the impact of collective decision-making and culturally sustaining governance on institutional transformation, and (c) the identification of more organizationally sustainable approaches to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. To advance this agenda, Dr. Morgan has collaboratively published articles in: Higher Education: Handbook of Research and Theory; The Journal of Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education, The Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, The Journal of College Student Development, and The Journal of Engineering Education, among others. He co-edited a book, “Student activism, politics, and campus climate in higher education” with Dr. Charles H. F. Davis III in 2019. Furthermore, Dr. Morgan has also helped to secure over $5 Million in external grants and contracts to support various projects. In addition, Dr. Morgan has co-authored numerous book chapters, technical papers, and Op-Eds on institutional governance, campus climate, political engagement and student activism, and race in higher education. A sought-after contributor to media outlets and noted public speaker, Dr. Morgan is a former fellow of the Place-Based Justice Network and recognized as an Emerging Scholar from ACPA College Educators International in 2021.


  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Program Areas

  • Higher Education

Research Interests

  • Student Activism and Political Engagement
  • Postsecondary Education Governance
  • College Student Development
  • Campus Climate
  • Equity and Inclusion
  • Organizational Theory
  • Socially Responsible Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
  • American Educational Research Association (ASHE)
  • American College Personnel Association - College Student Educators International (ACPA)
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)

Courses Taught

  • ELPS 454 Budgeting and Finance in Higher Education
  • ELPS 459 Organization and Governance in Higher Education
  • ELPS 432 Multiculturalism and Social Justice in Higher Education
  • ELPS 429 Contemporary Political Issues in Higher Education [Elective]


  • Place-Based Justice Network Fellow

Selected Publications

  • Morgan, D. L. & Davis III, C. H. F. (Eds). (2019). Student activism, politics, and campus climate in higher education. New York, NY: Routledge
  • Zilvinskis, J., Morgan, D. L., & Dugan, B. J. (2020). Measuring institutional effects on student activism. Journal of College Student Development, 61(3), 372-378.
  • Rall, R. M., Morgan, D. L., & Commodore, F. (2020). Towards culturally sustaining governance: Best practices of theory, research, and practice. Journal of Education Human Resources, 38(1), 139–164. Morgan, D. L., Davis, K. B., & López, N. (2020). Engineering political fluency: Identifying tensions in the political identity development of engineering majors. Journal of Engineering Education, 109(1), 107–124.
  • Morgan, D. L., Zilvinskis, J., & Dugan, B. J. (2020). Opening the activism and postsecondary education black box: Relating high-impact practices and student identity with activist behaviors. Journal of Political Science Education, https://doi.org/10.1080/15512169.2019.1612248
  • Morgan, D. L. (2019). Nuancing political identity formation in higher education: A phenomenological examination of precollege socialization, identity, and context. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. https://doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000153
  • Curtis, S. M. S., Bacha, G. M., & Morgan, D. L. (2019). Cynicism or apathy?: Defining political norms influencing the campus climate. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 56(5), 492–505. https://doi.org/10.1080/19496591.2019.1648276