Brandi L Blessett


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Civic engagement and public participation; nonprofit and NGO management; public management; race and diversity; race and ethnicity; social justice

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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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Public Administration and Urban Policy, Old Dominion University

… → 2011

Master of Education Leadership, Wayne State University

… → 2005

BS, University of Michigan

… → 2003

Research Interest Keywords

  • civic engagement
  • public participation
  • non-profit management
  • race and diversity
  • race and ethnicity
  • social justice


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