Ayana Hardaway

Ayana T. Hardaway, PhD

  • Adjunct Professor

Affiliated Programs


  • PhD, Urban Education (2019)
    Temple University (PA)
  • MEd, Urban Education (2012)
    Temple University (PA)
  • BA, Communication Studies/Journalism (2006)
    West Chester University (PA)

About Me

I am a higher education scholar-practitioner. Currently, I am a proposal and contracts manager at Stanford University, research team member with the College Success Research Collaborative (CSRC), at Temple University, and a visiting scholar at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity, & Justice at Rutgers University. I earned my PhD and MEd in Urban Education (with a concentration in Higher Education) from Temple University. As an instructor, I center student learning and engagement with critical, intersectional, and historically informed analysis of the social world. I aim to critically engage students’ thinking with exposure to a variety of readings and texts that explore diverse issues with nuance and complexity.

Research Interests

My research agenda explores Black girls and women in P-20 educational and social contexts, college student development and success, and critical qualitative methods.

As a critical qualitative researcher, I am interested in using critical theory and intersectional scholarship to examine inequities and interlocking systems of oppression. My dissertation study, “I’m Not Your Mammy: Unearthing the Racially Gendered Experiences of Undergraduate Black Women Resident Assistants at Predominantly White Institutions.” was awarded the Rita Wolotkiewicz Prize in 2019 for its contribution to advancing scholarship on equity issues in education.

My most recent work was highlighted in the Journal of Postsecondary Student Success, Urban Education Policy Annuals, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and The HBCU Times.


Hardaway, A. T., Ward, L., Howell, D. (2019). Black Girls and Womyn Matter: Using Black Feminist Thought to Examine Violence and Erasure in Education.0020Urban Education Research & Policy Annuals 6(1), 31-46.

Hardaway, A. T., Smith, T. C., & Lee-Johnson, J. (2021). Black Womyn Student Leaders at HBCUs: The Race-Gendered Experiences of Former Student Government Association Presidents. In Understanding the Work of Student Affairs Professionals at Minority Serving Institutions (pp. 135-152). Routledge.

Ward, L., Hardaway, A.T., Njoku, N. (2021).Visible and Valuable: (Re)imagining Title IX’s Interpretations to Create Hostile Free Racially Gendered Educational Environments for Blackgirls and Blackwomyn In: Patton, L., Evans-Winters, V., Charlotte, J.; (Eds), Investing in the Educational Success of Black Women and Girls. Stylus.

Scott, S., Johnson, J., Hardaway, A., & Galloway, T. (2021). Investigating Ivy: Black Undergraduate Students at Selective Universities. Journal of Postsecondary Student Success, 1(2), 72-90.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • The Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), 
  • The American Educational Research Association (AERA), 
  • Society of Research Administrators International (SRA), 
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


  • Dr. Rita Wolotkiewicz Phi Delta Kappa Commencement Award (2019) Temple University
  • Asa G. Hilliard III and Barbara A. Sizemore Research Fellow (2018), The American Educational Research