Graduate School of Education
2110 Sproul Hall
Research AreasHer scholarship and teaching address racial justice and policy issues in higher education, with a focus on how institutional environments such as campus climates and cultures shape college access and outcomes and how students' experience and resist barriers to inclusive engagement.
- Ph.D. Education (Higher Education and Organizational Change)
University of California, Los Angeles, 2007
- M.A. Education (Higher Education and Organizational Change)
University of California, Los Angeles, 2002
- B.A. Psychology, Minor in Applied Developmental Psychology
Minor in Education, Business Specialization
University of California, Los Angeles, 2000
Uma M. Jayakumar is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at University of California, Riverside. Her scholarship and teaching address racial justice and policy issues in higher education, with a focus on how institutional environments such as campus climates and cultures shape college access and outcomes and how students' experience and resist barriers to inclusive engagement. Jayakumar received her doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change from the University of California at Los Angeles. Prior to UCR she was a Faculty Associate at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan and an Associate Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of San Francisco, where she cofounded a Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) master’s program with a mission of transforming organizational environments toward increasing racial diversity, justice, and inclusion. Jayakumar’s research has been generously supported by postdoctoral fellowship awards from the National Center for Institutional Diversity (2008–2009), the National Academy of Education/Spencer (2013–2014), and the Ford Foundation (2014–2015).
Jayakumar was one of 21 social science researchers who co-developed amicus briefs summarizing key research findings related to the use of race-conscious admissions practices, in the 2 most recent affirmative action national cases. The briefs, submitted to The Supreme Court by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, supported the need for race-conscious admissions and diversity/inclusion in Higher Education Institutions. In addition to these Social Scientists briefs, her work informed amici submitted to the Supreme Court by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), American Psychological Association (APA), National Women’s Law Center, 17 United States Senators, Harvard Graduate School of Education Students for Diversity, Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, amongst other briefs. Jayakumar’s scholarship is also featured in Educational Researcher, Journal of Higher Education, Harvard Educational Review, Diverse Magazine, and reports to foundations and organizations interested in advancing diversity and inclusion.
Current Curriculum Vitae
- Jayakumar, U. M. & Comeaux, E. (2016). The Cultural Cover-up of College Athletics: How organizational culture perpetuates an unrealistic and idealized balancing act. The Journal of Higher Education. 87 (4), 488 – 515.
- Jayakumar, U. M. (2015). The Shaping of Colorblind Racial Ideology: Examining the role of diversity and same-race interactions on campus. Harvard Educational Review 85 (4), 609 – 645.
- Jayakumar, U. M. & Adamian, A. S. (2015). Toward a Critical Race Praxis for Educational Research: Lessons from affirmative action and social science advocacy. Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity, 1 (1), 21-58.
- Garces, L. M., & Jayakumar, U. M. (2014). Dynamic Diversity: Toward a contextual understanding of critical mass. Educational Researcher. 43 (3), 115 – 124.