Portrait of Tia Gaynor
Tia Sheree
Associate Professor
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants
Leadership and Management Area
Areas of Expertise
Race and ethnicity; racial healing; social equity; social justice; LGBTQ+; public management


    Tia Sherèe Gaynor, PhD, is an associate professor in the leadership and management area at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

    She is a community-engaged scholar immersed in equity and inclusion. Her work explores the intersection of social justice, local government, and identity. More specifically, focusing on the ways identity-based narratives, negative social constructions, and decision-making lead to inequitable outcomes for people of color, those who identify as LGBTQIA, and people at the intersections of these and other identities. Her most recent work sits at the nexus of mindfulness, intergroup dialogue, and racial healing to explore avenues toward equity and justice. 

    Previously, Gaynor was at the University of Cincinnati, serving as a faculty member in the political science department, founding director of the Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, and Taft Professor of Social Justice.  


    PhD of Public Administration (Rutgers University–Newark, 2011) 

    Master of Public Administration (Rutgers University–Newark, 2006) 

    BA in Psychology (Rutgers University–New Brunswick, 2000)