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Keon M. McGuire Joining College of Education as Associate Professor of Higher Education Opportunity, Equity, and Justice

Keon M. McGuire

Keon M. McGuire will join NC State’s College of Education as an associate professor of higher education opportunity, equity, and justice beginning Aug. 15, 2023.

Currently, McGuire is an associate professor of higher and postsecondary education in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, where he’s also a faculty affiliate with the School of Social Transformation.

“I am excited to join students, staff and faculty across the College of Education — especially in the Higher Education Opportunity, Equity, and Justice concentration — to ensure equitable educational experiences for all learners in my home state,” said McGuire, who earned his bachelor’s in history from Wake Forest University. 

McGuire’s research agenda focuses on the status and experiences of minoritized students across postsecondary educational settings. Drawing from Africana and other interdisciplinary frameworks, McGuire examines how race, gender and religion shape minoritized college students’ identities and their everyday experiences. Additionally, he investigates the ways racism, sexism and heteronormativity undermine the experiences of minoritized college students as well as the ways students resist and respond to such marginalization. 

He  received a joint Ph.D. in Higher Education and Africana Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2019, he was named a National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow and ACPA Emerging Scholar. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Negro Education, Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Higher Education, and Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.