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 an IMPACT Leader of the Month and to both the WKYS 93.9 Top 30 Under 30 and Arkansas Business' Top 40 Under 40 lists.

Research Interests and Current Projects

Teacher Licensure Exams, Teachers of Color, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline


Fletcher, Tina L, "Barriers to Entry for Black Pre-Service Teachers" (2022). Dissertations available from ProQuest. AAI29066677. https://repository.upenn.edu/dissertations/AAI29066677

Gottfried, M. & Fletcher, T. L. (2022). Who has a same race or ethnicity teacher in kindergarten? Comparing disparities in access for students with and without disabilities, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 62(1), 229-238. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2022.08.008

Gottfried, M., Kirksey, J. J., & Fletcher, T. L. (2022). Do High School Students With a Same-Race Teacher Attend Class More Often? Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 44(1), 149–169. https://doi.org/10.3102/01623737211032241

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

School-to-Prison Pipeline
Teacher Licensure Exams
Teachers of Color

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