Faculty and Staff

Dafina-Lazarus (D-L) Stewart

Dafina-Lazarus Stewart
Dafina-Lazarus (D-L) Stewart

Teaching Areas

  • Student development theory
  • Higher education administration
  • Cultural foundations of research

Research Areas

  • Experiences and outcomes of minoritized college students
  • Issues of oppression on college campuses, involving race, ethnicity/nationality, (trans)gender, sexuality, disability, as well as faith, religion, and spirituality
  • Critical and postmodern theory and methodology
  • Philosophical perspectives on and history of higher education
  • Institutional transformation toward realizing equity and justice
  • How higher education environments function within society and as a crucible for the learning and development of minoritized student, staff, and faculty populations

About Dr. Stewart

Dr. Dafina-Lazarus (D-L) Stewart (proper gender pronouns of reference: he/him/his and they/them/their) is professor in the School of Education and co-chair of the Student Affairs in Higher Education programs at Colorado State University. D-L is a scholar, educator, and activist focused on empowering and imagining futures that sustain and cultivate the learning, growth, and success of minoritized groups in postsecondary education.

His work is motivated by an ethic of love grounded in justice and informed by an intersectional framework that recognizes both the lived experiences of individuals with multiple marginalities, as well as the material effects of interlocking systems of oppression. Over the course of their 18-year faculty career, D-L has focused most intently on issues of race and ethnicity, sexuality, and gender, as well as religion, faith, and spirituality in his research, teaching, and service to professional organizations and institutions across the nation.

D-L is the author of over four dozen journal articles and book chapters, as well as the editor, co-editor or author for four books covering multicultural student services; gender and sexual diversity of U.S. college students; the historical experiences of Black collegians in northern liberal arts colleges in the middle of the twentieth century; and rethinking student development theory through critical perspectives.

D-L has also provided professional service and leadership to a number of scholarly and professional associations, including ACPA—College Student Educators International, the Association for the Study of Higher Education, and the American Educational Research Association.

Recent Publications

  • Abes, E. S., Jones, S. R., & Stewart, D.-L. (under review). Rethinking college student development theory using critical frameworks. Sterling, VA: Stylus.
  • Stewart, D-L. (2017). Experiences of Black collegians in U.S. northern private colleges: A narrative history, 1945-1965. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Stewart, D.-L. (2017). Engagement that matters: Exploring the relationship of co-curricular activities to self-reported gains in learning outcomes for racially minoritized students in the U.S. In J. F. Jackson, L. A. Charleston, & C. Gilbert (Eds.), Advancing equity and diversity in student affairs: A festschrift in honor of Melvin C. Terrell (pp. 53-76). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. Information available online.
  • Stewart, D.-L. (2017). (In)visibility, involvement, and success: A counter-narrative of Black women in predominantly White liberal arts colleges, 1945-1965. In L. D. Patton & N. N. Croom (Eds.), Critical perspectives on Black women and college success (pp. 31-43). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Schwartz, R. A., & Stewart, D.-L. (2017). The history of student affairs. In J. H. Schuh, S. R. Jones, & V. Torres (Eds.), Student services: A handbook for the profession (6th ed.; pp. 20-38). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Stewart, D.-L., & Nicolazzo, Z (in press). The high impact of [whiteness] on trans* students in postsecondary education. Equity and Excellence in Education. doi: 10.1080/10665684.2018.1496046
  • Stewart, D.-L. (2018, July 17). Whiteness as collective memory in student publications at Midwestern liberal arts colleges, 1945-1965 [OnlineFirst]. American Educational Research Journal. Available at https://doi.org/10.3102/0002831218788326
  • Stewart, D.-L. (2017). Contextualizing African American collegians’ experiences of racial desegregation in Midwestern private colleges, 1945-1965. American Educational History Journal, 44(1/2), 69-87.
  • Stewart, D.-L. (2017). Producing “docile bodies”: Disciplining citizen-subjects. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education [Special issue: Scholars Respond to the Trump Regime: Varieties of Critique, Resistance, and Community], 30(10), 1042-1046. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09518398.2017.1312598
  • Stewart, D.-L. (2017). Trans*versing the DMZ: A non-binary autoethnographic exploration of gender and masculinity. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education [Special issue: What’s transgressive about trans* studies in education now?], 30(3), 284-304. doi: 10.1080/09518398.2016.1254302
  • Stewart, D.-L. (2017). Race and historiography: Advancing a critical-realist approach. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 10(2), 149-161.

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Recent Awards

  • ACPA Senior Scholar, 2017-2022
  • NASPA, Spirituality and Religion in Higher Education Knowledge Community, Outstanding Professional Award, 2017
  • ASHE, Council on Ethnic Participation, Founders Service Award, 2016