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Rutgers University-Camden
Cultural competence, Social equity, Disenfranchisement, Reentry, Administrative responsibility
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Brandi Blessett is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy & Administration at Rutgers University-Camden. She is a native of Detroit, Michigan where she spent most of her life. For many reasons, Detroit remains close to her heart and will forever be home!

Dr. Blessett earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and holds a Masters 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 purse 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 which includes, but is not limited to: administrative responsibility, social equity, community development, and voter disenfranchisement.

Dr. Blessett’s research seeks to contribute to the intellectual development of knowledge in the field of urban policy and public administration through the lens of social justice. Her research seeks to offer insightful perspectives regarding the effects of systemic injustice through an examination of public policies and administrative actions, which perpetuate inequity for urban communities and their residents. Ultimately, she hopes her research will help public administrators move toward more thoughtful consideration and engagement of all groups in society, particularly historically marginalized groups.

Recent Publications
  • Alkadry, M.G., Blessett, B., & Patterson, V. (forthcoming). Public Administration, Diversity and the Ethic of Getting Things Done. Administration & Society.
  • Blessett, B. & Lopez-Littleton, V. (2017). Examining the Impact of Institutional Racism in Black Residentially Segregated Communities. Ralph Bunche Journal of Public Affairs, 6(1), 1-13.
  • Love, J.M., Gaynor, T.S., & Blessett, B. (2016). Facilitating Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom: A pedagogical imperative. Administrative Theory & Praxis, 38, 227-233.
  • Blessett, B., Gaynor, T.S., Alkadry, M.G., & Witt, M. (2016). Counternarratives as Critical Perspectives in Public Administration Curricula. Administrative Theory & Praxis, 38, 267-284.
  • Blessett, B. (2016). Institutional Racism in Nonprofit Organizations. In Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. SpringerLink.
  • Blessett, B. & Box, R.C. (2016). Sharecropper Finance: Using the Justice System as a Public Revenue Source. Public Integrity, 18(2), 113-126.
  • Lopez-Littleton, V. & Blessett, B. (2015). A Framework for Integrating Cultural Competency into the Curriculum of Public Service Programs. Journal of Public Affairs Education, 21(4), 557-574.
  • Blessett, B., (2015). Disenfranchisement: Historical Underpinnings and Contemporary Manifestations. Public Administration Quarterly, 39(1), 3-50.
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