Moira Ozias is an Assistant Professor in the Center for the Study of Higher Education. Her research focuses on equity in higher education practice, especially investigating white women’s racism and processes for creating educational spaces and curricula that resist racism and work toward racial justice. She uses critical whiteness, gender, and affect theories to understand how college experiences support and resist white women’s affective and spatial investments in white supremacy.
Dr. Ozias grew up in the rural Midwest in a family of teachers and farmers, and her background in social work informs her interest in community collaborations. She earned a B.A in English from Baker University (Kansas), an M.A. in English and M.S.W. (Social Welfare) from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in Adult & Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to joining the University of Arizona faculty, Dr. Ozias taught College Student Affairs Leadership at Grand Valley State University, Student Affairs Administration at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and spent over 15 years working in higher education administration at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Kansas. She also serves as Director of Research and Scholarship for ACPA (2019-2022).