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Kirsten T. Edwards

Department: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Program Area: Adult and Higher Education
Phone: 405-325-6832

Kirsten T. Edwards is the Linda Clarke Anderson Presidential Professor and Associate Department Chair of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, as well as core affiliate faculty for African and African American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Center for Social Justice at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. Her research merges philosophies of higher education, college curriculum, and pedagogy. More specifically, Dr. Edwards is interested in the ways that socio-cultural identity and context influence teaching and learning in post-secondary education. Dr. Edwards is a recipient of the OU Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Patricia L. Hardré Graduate Mentoring Award, OU Women’s and Gender Studies Faculty Award, as well as the ACPA Coalition for Women’s Identities Research & Scholarship Award.  She is an elected member of the Professors of Curriculum Honorary Society.  She also serves on the Oklahoma State University Curriculum Studies Advisory Board. She serves nationally as the Equity and Inclusion Officer for Division B-Curriculum Studies of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Dr. Edwards is co-editor of Race, gender, and curriculum theorizing: Working in womanish ways and Black Women Theorizing Curriculum Studies in Colour and Curves, along with Denise Taliaferro Baszile and Nichole Guillory, College curriculum at the crossroads: Women of color reflect and resist with Maria (Lupe) Davidson, as well as Learning from the Lived Experiences of Graduate Student Writers with Shannon Madden, Michele Eodice, and Alexandria Lockett. She has published her research in various peer-reviewed venues such as Gender and Education, Race, Ethnicity, and EducationUrban EducationInnovative Higher EducationSouls:  A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society; the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing; the International Journal of Leadership in Education; and the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy. Additionally, she has been invited to deliver several addresses related to topics concerning women of color’s experiences with faith and religion on college campuses; womanist theology, identity politics and globalization; college curriculum and Black women scholars; and educational equity and access.  

Dr. Edwards earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration with a specialization in Curriculum Theory in the Department of Educational Theory Policy and Practice at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She additionally holds a cognate in Women’s and Gender Studies.


Research Interests:

  • Faculty
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Equity and Access in Higher Education