College of Education and Allied Professions

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 N. Hinnant-Crawford is an Assistant Professor of Educational Research at Western Carolina University. She holds bachelors degrees in English and Communication from North Carolina State University, a masters in Urban Education Policy from Brown University, and a PhD in Educational Studies from Emory University. 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 policy for the last 8 years, doing research, evaluation, and policy analysis with the University System of Georgia, Syracuse City School District, and the Boston Education Collaborative. Brandi currently serves as Co-Chair of the College of Education and Allied Professions’ Diversity Committee. Brandi’s research agenda employs advocacy framework; her broad interest include teacher activism, African American activism, multicultural education, and education policy. Brandi is the mother of 3-year old twins, Elizabeth Freedom and Elijah Justice Crawford.

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