SMU Faculty, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education

Executive Director of Action Research Center

It is with pleasure we announce Dr. Candice Bledsoe as a Hunt Institute Fellow. The Hunt Institute Fellows are appointed for their expertise and demonstrated excellence in their fields. During their tenure, they will collaborate on projects and contribute to the endeavors of the Institute.

Dr. Candice Bledsoe is faculty in the Graduate Liberal Studies Department, in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education. She serves as the executive director of the Action Research Center. Dr. Bledsoe also leads the Collective, a group comprised of activists, writers, scholars, and academics who share the stories of minoritized women in America. She is the co-convener of the SMU Women of Color Research Cluster sponsored by the DCII. The cluster aims to create space for women of color to share their stories, especially as it relates to the intersections of race, gender, and class.

Her research focuses on several areas: the experiences of students of color at predominantly White institutions; women of color faculty in higher education; and narratives of the underrepresented.

Dr. Bledsoe has received numerous fellowships including: The National Endowment of Humanities, the New Leadership Academy, National Center of Institutional Diversity, University of Michigan, and Boone Family Foundation. She is a proud member of the 2017 cohort of Dallas Public Voices.

Dr. Bledsoe holds a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University. She received her masters from Southern Methodist University and her doctorate in higher education from University of Southern California.