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Dr. Brandi Hinnant-Crawford

Educational Leadership
Department of Human Services

Dr. Brandi Hinnant-Crawford


Phone: 828.227.3233
Office Address: Killian 209C

• PhD Educational Studies, Emory University, 2014
• A.M. Urban Education Policy, Brown University, 2008
• B.A. English Teacher Licensure, North Carolina State University, 2006
• B.A. Communication, Media Concentration, North Carolina State University, 2006

Research Interests:
• Education Policy; Urban Education; Teacher & Student Motivation; Teacher, School, & District Data Use; Mixed-Methods Methodolog


Brandi Hinnant-Crawford, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Educational Research at Western Carolina University.  As a mixed-methods methodologist, she believes in the complimentary nature of quantitative and qualitative research, and seeks to use quantitative research in transformative ways (such as with improvement science). A native of Goldsboro, North Carolina, Brandi entered the profession of education as a NC Teaching Fellow where she taught English in Wayne County Public Schools. Brandi has studied and worked in K-12 and higher education for the last 12 years, doing research, evaluation, and policy analysis with the University System of Georgia, Syracuse City School District, the Boston Education Collaborative, and the New Tech Network.

Employing an advocacy framework, Hinnant-Crawford seeks to expose policies and practices related to exploitation, domination, and marginalization—while simultaneously exploring remedies to alleviate the impact of those policies and practices.  Her broad research interests include: multicultural education and asset based pedagogies, culturally responsive school leadership, educator activism, and improvement science.  Dr. Hinnant-Crawford’s work has been published in diverse venues such as Urban Education, the Journal for Multicultural Education, Black Theology.  Brandi holds a doctorate in philosophy from Emory University in Educational Studies, a master’s degree in Urban Education Policy from Brown University, and bachelor’s degrees in English and Communication (media concentration) from North Carolina State University.  While she loves research and teaching, her first priority is being the mother of her seven-year-old twins, Elizabeth Freedom and Elijah Justice Crawford.

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