Ashley Gray

Senior Research Analyst, Research

Ashley Gray is a senior research analyst in ACE’s Learning and Engagement Division. She is a scholar-activist with a passion for creating equity within higher education. Gray’s research focuses on the college presidency at the intersection of race, gender, and class. In this role, Gray creates original research, leads major research projects, including the American College President Study (ninth edition), and engages in research on women’s pipeline to higher education leadership.

Gray’s research on women of color presidents has led to an innovative research brief titled Voices from the Field: Women of Color Presidents in Higher Education (PDF), funded by TIAA. Additionally, Gray participated in the international brief series for higher education leaders, writing an essay on Black women and intersectionality (PDF). Gray has authored scholarly blogs, facilitated presidential roundtables, and co-authored multiple chapters on various topics, including queer student engagement at HBCUs and the pipeline to leadership for women in higher education.

Gray earned a doctorate of philosophy degree in higher education leadership and policy studies from Howard University with a narrative dissertation focusing on the pathway experiences of Black women college presidents. Her master’s degree is in higher education administration from the University of Missouri–St. Louis, and her bachelor’s degree is in African American studies with a certificate in women’s studies from Saint Louis University.