Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Theory, Policy, and Practice

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Historical studies on higher education often utilize traditional historical methods. This practice has produced a body of literature, both historical and contemporary, which has a particular focus on (a) the histories and mythologies of institutions, (b) the individuals who function within the system at the administrative or student levels, and (c) the individuals who have been excluded from the system. In this research, I connected the foundational histories of Southern University and Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana by telling institutional narratives through people instead of telling the narratives of people through institutions. Therefore, using Southern Womanism as a theoretical lens and methodological opportunity, I produced primary and secondary historical sources to show that Saint Katharine Drexel was a present, thoughtful participant whose impact in Black higher education has been woefully understudied. Drexel did more than fund schools; she created a complex network of family members, clergy, lay persons, both White and Black, to create a multi-tiered system of education based on her philosophy of education.



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Committee Chair

Mitchell, Roland



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