Tina L. Fletcher Program: Education Policy, Ph.D.

Anticipated Graduation: May 2022


Professional Biography

Tina L. Fletcher holds a B.A. in Political Science and African American Studies from the University of Arkansas and an Ed.M. in Teacher Education from Harvard University.

Tina has interned with the Arkansas Public Policy Panel on behalf of the Southern Education Foundation, the Office of former US Senator Blanche Lincoln on behalf of the Congressional Black Caucus and in the Office of the First Lady Michelle Obama. Tina's work experience includes serving as a U.S. Government and History teacher at Anacostia Senior High School where she was named the 2010 Teacher of the Year. She then served as a fundraiser for President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. Before becoming an Education Consultant, Tina served as a Community Engagement Manager and Director for the city of Washington, D.C. and its school system.

Last year, Tina was named a Visionary Arkansan by the Arkansas Times and received the Brown Girls Rock award for her work in Education. She was named a Rising Political Leader by EmPower Magazine, an IMPACT Leader of the Month, and was named to the WKYS 93.9 Top 30 Under 30 list.

Research Interests and Current Projects

Teacher Licensure Exams, School-to-Prison Pipeline, and Black Male Teachers


Fletcher, T.L. (2020, June 16). Now, More than Ever, America Needs More Black Male Social Studies Teachers. Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Retrieved from: https://diverseeducation.com/article/180931/.

Fletcher, T.L. & Fletcher, T.L. (2020). National Problem, Local Solution: Addressing the school-to-prison pipeline with an increase in minority teachers. Yale State and Local Policy Review, 1(1), pp. 23-39. Retrieved from: https://yslpr.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/YSLPRWebPrint.pdf.

Fletcher, T.L. & Fletcher, T.L. (2020, January 21). Does America Really Want More Black Teachers? If So, Supporting HBCUs is the Answer. Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Retrieved from: https://diverseeducation.com/article/164279/.

Fletcher, T.L. (2019, April 8). Fundraise or Die Trying: Bennett, Cheyney and the Future of HBCUs. Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Retrieved from: https://diverseeducation.com/article/142973/.

Interest Categories

K-12 Education
Race & Equity


Ed.M. (Teacher Education) Harvard University, 2009.
B.A. (Political Science and African American Studies) University of Arkansas, 2008.

Faculty Advisors

Michael A. Gottfried
Associate Professor

Richard M. Ingersoll
Professor of Education and Sociology

Areas Of Expertise

Black Male Teachers
School-to-Prison Pipeline
Teacher Certification Exams

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