Erica Bree Edwards

Erica  Bree Edwards
Assistant Professor

363 College of Education

Office Hours: Wednesdays 2:30-4:30pm



 Ph.D. Educational Policy Studies, Georgia State University

Certificate in Qualitative Research Methodology, Georgia State University

M.S. Education, University of Pennsylvania

B.A. History, Spelman College


 Erica B. Edwards, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies at Wayne State University. Erica spent a significant portion of her career as a Philadelphia Public School teacher and youth development professional. In both roles, she developed an interest in youth empowerment – particularly among young people navigating multiple and intersecting relations of domination.

Her work is principally concerned with racial and gender equity issues in urban public schools. Her most recent study collected the school re-entry stories of court-involved Black girls and the administrators who serve them. Considering the central ideological role of popular culture in youth experience, Erica also writes about the educative value of television, film, and music. She is currently writing a book on intersectional approaches to analyzing popular culture. Her ambition is to work collaboratively with under-resourced communities to develop safe and culturally relevant secondary school experiences for our most vulnerable young people.


Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, Administrative & Organizational Studies

Area Of Expertise

  • The Educational Experiences of African-American Women & Girls
  • The Educative Value of Popular Culture
  • Race, Class, Gender & The School/Prison Nexus

Research Interests

  • Women of Color Theories & Methodologies
  • Cultural Studies
  • School Discipline

Courses Taught

  •  EER 7870 (Hybrid): Introduction to Qualitative Research
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