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Atiya S. Love, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Center for Education
  • Director, Higher Education Leadership Program
Media Expertise:
  • Education
  • Race
  • Social Justice

Affiliated Programs


  • PhD Theory, Organization, & Policy in Education (Higher Education, 2017)
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (NJ) 
  • EdM Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (NJ) 
  • BS Business Administration
    University of Pittsburgh (PA) 
  • Certificate, Mixed Methods Research (2020)
    University of Michigan (MI) 

About Me

As a scholar-practitioner, I'm intentionally committed to a life of love and service. I believe these tenets are the foundation for my 13+ years of experience in higher education as an administrator, leader, and scholar. My work has been published in the Peabody Journal of Education and book chapters in Leading Against the Grain by Teachers College Press and Opportunities and Challenges of HBCUs by Palgrave. I have presented at national conferences such as AERA, ASHE, and AABHE. I was also invited to deliver a special AERA talk discussing The Next 100 Years of Doctoral Preparation in Education, and previously served as the Senior Representative for AERA Division F in History.

​Additionally, I have more than ten years of experience in higher education administration holding positions in Trio Programs, Residence Life, Campus Cultural Centers, Student Life, etc. I have also worked at the California Community Foundation managing educational grants as an Education Pioneer. 

I stand to serve. I seek to provide a voice at the table of research, policy, and practice for those whose voice is often silenced or veiled in methodological research but lacking in true experience. I aspire to tell the stories of those often left on the margins, to give voice to the voiceless and power to the powerless. My mission is simple: ‘to love, is to serve’.

Research Interests

My research utilizes qualitative and historical inquiry to address issues connected to organizational change and social justice. I am interested in the ways in which institutions and organizations have created, and/or continue to create spaces conducive for liberation, transformation, and love, in pursuit of justice, equity, social change and belonging. Specifically, I am interested in: 

  • Equity & belonging 
  • Intersections of faith and education 
  • African-American experience  
  • Pipeline diversification 
  • Organizational & social change

Media Expertise

  • Higher Education Leadership 
  • Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging 
  • Organizational & Social Change 
  • Pipeline Diversification


  • Murphy, J. P., Strothers, A. S., & Lugg, C. A. (2017). Jersey-style neoliberalism: Governor Christopher Christie, crony capitalism, and the politics of K–12 education. Peabody Journal of Education, 92(1), 115-126.
  • Strothers, A. and Lugg, C. (2018). The Resurrection of Educational Leadership: Lessons from Rev. Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor. In T. Normore and J. Brooks (Eds.), Leadership Lessons: Great Thinkers on Equity, Justice and Education. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
  • Strothers, A. (2014) White Faces in Black Places: HBCUs and the White Faculty Experience. In M. Gasman and F. Commodore (Eds.), Opportunities and Challenges at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. (pp. 75-89). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Lewis, C., Bonner, F., Banda, R. and Strothers, A. Erasing the Scratch Line: Sustaining and Positioning Schools, Colleges and Departments of Educations in Historically Black Colleges and Universities for Success in the 21st Century. Rutgers University: New Brunswick, NJ.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA) 
  • American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE)
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
  • University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA)