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Michelle Bryan, Ph.D.

Title: Associate President, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Associate Professor, Leadership, Learning Design, and Inquiry; Interim Associate Dean for Democracy, Education, and Inclusivity 
Department: Office of the Dean
College of Education
Phone: 803-777-3046
Office: Wardlaw 261B
Michelle Bryan, Ph.D.


Doctor of Philosophy, Education (Culture, Curriculum & Change) - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006

Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Social Sciences - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998

Bachelor of Arts, African American Studies/American History - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996


From 2006-2015, Michelle L. Bryan was a member of the Educational Foundations and Inquiry faculty in the Department of Educational Studies in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina where she previously taught introductory and advanced qualitative research methods courses, as well as Foundations of Education courses that specifically explored the role of race and racism in educational settings. Most recently, she served as the chair of the Department of Advanced Studies and Innovation at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia. In July of 2017, Michelle re-joined the University of South Carolina's College of Education and currently serves as the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Research/Areas of Expertise

A sociologist of education and qualitative methodologist by training, Bryan's research focuses on issues in the field that illuminate the complex intersections of race, culture, class, and other socio-demographic factors within educational settings. Her areas of expertise include the application of critical race theory to complex issues in educational settings as well as the use of qualitative methodologies and culturally-responsive practices in educational research and program evaluation.

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