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Brandy Marie Jones

  • Adjunct Faculty Instructor

Affiliated Programs


  • MEd, Higher Education
    University of Pennsylvania (PA) 
  • BA, Sociology, Communications
    University of Rhode Island (RI)  

About Me

I am an Adjunct Faculty Instructor at Widener University's Center for Graduate Studies and Continuing Education. I am a native of Providence, Rhode Island and hold a BA in Sociology and Communications from the University of Rhode Island and an MEd in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania. I am currently pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 

Research Interests

My research interests include examining Black women's experiences in higher education, the opportunities and challenges of Predominantly Black Institutions, and how racialized minorities establish community at highly selective institutions. 


  • Jones, B. (2021). Examining Institutional Capacity to Serve Black Students at Predominantly Black Institutions: The Experiences of Program Managers. In R. T. Palmer, D. C. Maramba, T. O. Allen, & A. T. Allen (Eds.), Understanding the Work of Student Affairs Professionals at Minority Serving Institutions. Routledge. 
  • Williams, J. L., Palmer, R. T., & Jones, B. J. (2021). “Where I Can Breathe”: Examining the Impact of the Current Racial Climate on Black Students’ Choice to Attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Journal of Black Studies.
  • Jones, B., & Williams, J. (2020) Institutions must be held accountable for how they are failing Black academics — and Black women academics in particular. The Hechinger Report.
  • Jones, B. (2018). Predominantly Black Institutions: Pathways to Black Student Educational Attainment. Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions, Philadelphia, PA.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Member, ASHE, The Association for the Study of Higher Education         
Member, Black Doctoral Network