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Brandi
Blessett
Associate Professor
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants
Expertise
Department
Leadership and Management Area
Areas of Expertise
Civic engagement and public participation; nonprofit and NGO management; public management; race and diversity; race and ethnicity; social justice
    About

    Biography

    Brandi Blessett, PhD is an associate professor in the leadership and management area in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. 

    Dr. Blessett has developed a reputation as a socially conscious researcher, administrator, teacher, and community partner. Her personal ethic has always been to center the lived experience to offer more robust insights by those directly impacted by administrative decisions. 

    She earned a bachelor of science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Wayne State University in Detroit. 

    After teaching as a high school health and life skills teacher at Highland Park Community High School, she decided to pursue her doctorate at Old Dominion University. Her dissertation was titled “Dispersion or Re-segregation: A Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Public Policies and their Impact on Urban African American Mobility.” This work serves as the foundation for her research interests.

    Education

    PhD in Public Administration and Urban Policy (Old Dominion University, 2011)

    Master of Education Leadership (Wayne State University, 2005)

    Bachelor of Science (University of Michigan, 2003)