Term of Award

Winter 2023

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
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College of Education

Committee Chair

John Weaver

Committee Member 1

Ming Fang He

Committee Member 2

Meca Williams-Johnson

Committee Member 3

Sonia Janis

Committee Member 3 Email




This inquiry aims to shed light on my personal experiences as a white woman married to a Black man raising our Mixed-Race child while navigating through being an educator and advocate in the South. Topics discussed include the history of miscegenation laws, experiences of parenting Mixed-Race children and adolescents, development of racial identification, historical context from segregation to integration, biasness in educational practices, as well as place and space are discussed in this study. This dissertation draws upon many theorists that discuss the structure of white supremacy and position of power (Applebaum, 2010; Delgado and Stefancic, 2017; Frankenberg, 2001; McIntosh, 1998). This study also draws upon a wide array of works on racial fluidity, intricate complexity, and dynamics of Mixed-Race identities (Rockqumore, 2019; Root, 2001; Song, 2019; Spickard, 2007)). As a memoir, this dissertation draws on works inviting readers to explore and reflect with the narrator to unravel the deeper significance of the recounted events (Karr, 2015; Larson, 2007; Slater, 2000). Collectively, these theoretical frameworks blend with personal recollections to provide a unique detailed analysis and critical evaluation that adds meaningful conversations in Curriculum Studies. Diving into my unique experience, six major meanings emerged: (1) racial and cultural awareness; (2) racial identification; (3) family life discourse; (4) white dominance/white supremacy; (5) bias educational experiences; and (6) place and space.

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