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Faculty PhotographRobin Hughes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Educational Leadership & Policy Studies-Student Affairs Higher Education
Chair, Graduate Programs

Office: ES 3123
Phone: 317-274-6817
Fax: 317-274-6864
Email: roblhugh@indiana.edu

Profile | Degrees | Publications | Awards | Associations | Grant Funding | Expertise | Courses


Robin L. Hughes is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Higher Education Student Affairs (HESA) at Indiana University Indianapolis. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of African American African Diaspora Studies in Bloomington and Indianapolis.

My research focuses on sports where I explore the development of students who are athletes participating in revenue generating sports. In addition, I focus on issues of race, and how those issues might impact faculty and students of color in higher education.

Dr. Hughes is also Co-editor and co-founder of the Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education(JSSAE), Left Coast Press http://www.lcoastpress.com/. She is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and books that examine issues of race. Her forthcoming, co-edited book, Dismantle This! Deconstructing Policy and Institutionalized isms through Critical Race Theory , explores how academic institutions sustain racism by structuring and perpetuating exclusionary procedures and policies for administration and scholarship.


  • Ph.D., Texas A & M University
  • M.S., Texas A & M Univesity


  • Giles, M., & Hughes, R. L. (2009). CRiT walking race, space and place in the academy. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 22(6), 687-696
  • Hughes R. L. (2010). Engaging African American males for educational success. Gifted Child Today, 33(2). 55-60
  • Hughes R. L. (2010). Engaging African American males for educational success. Gifted Child Today, 33(2). 55-60
  • Hughes, R. L. (2009). What counts as research, teaching and scholarship? A commentary. The Mentor, 11(12). View Online
  • Hughes, R. L. (2009). Evaluating difference: Paradigmatic shift lag. Teachers College Record. View Online
  • Hughes, R. L., & Bonner, F. ( 2006). Leaving Black males behind: Debunking the myths of meritocratic education. The Journal of Race and Policy, 2(1), 76-90
  • Hughes, R.L. (2011). Gaslight: Proving Institutionalized Racism. Diverse issues in Higher Education. View Online


  • 2011 Chancellor's Diversity Scholar Award
  • 2007 Outstanding Alumni (Former Student) College Station, Texas, Texas A&M University


  • American Educational and Research Association AERA
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education ASHE
  • National Association of African American Studies NAAAS
  • National Association of Student Affairs Professionals NASAP

Grant Funding

  • 2010. Skiba, R., & Hughes, R. L. W. T. Grant. School disciplinary climate and educational outcomes for African American students: Phase II, School-Level Analysis. $460,000.
  • 2008. Hughes, R. L., Murtadha, K., Thompson, C., Skiba R., & Giles, M. Lumina Foundation. $650.000.


  • African American Students and Faculty Experiences (recruitment/retention/perceptions and experiences)
  • African American Students' Educational Success
  • Critical Race Theory and Educational and Social Settings
  • Student Athletes and Sports (identity,experience and history)


  • EDUC-C 565 Introduction to College and University Administration
  • EDUC-U 546 Diverse Students on the College Campus
  • EDUC-U 548 Student Development Theory and Research
  • EDUC-U 580 Issues and Problems in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (Capstone)
  • EDUC-U 750 African Americans in Higher Education
  • EDUC-U 750 Critical Readings on Race in Education
  • EDUC-U 750 The Student Athlete in Education