Term of Award

Spring 2024

Degree Name

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

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)

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Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.


Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading

Committee Chair

Delores Liston

Committee Member 1

Meca Williams- Johnson

Committee Member 2

Kendra Parker

Committee Member 3

Jennifer Perry

Committee Member 3 Email



This qualitative study explores the lived experiences of eight Black women who have served as principal in a Southeastern state. Using intersectionality and Black feminist thought as theoretical frameworks, the study illuminated how the intersection of race and gender influenced their experience as school leaders. Using counternarrative as the methodology, the study highlights individual and collective struggles with gendered racism in a professional setting. Participants shared their lived experience through semi-structured interviews. The purpose of the study was to document the experiences of Black women school principals by examining how they navigate barriers caused by intersectional oppression to achieve their career goals, how intersectional oppression impacts their career path, and how intersectional oppression impacts their daily interactions with school stakeholders. The study results serve as a source of information for improving the leadership development of Black women.

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