Dr. Kaleb Briscoe


Kaleb L. Briscoe, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Mississippi State University. Dr. Briscoe’s research problematizes oppressed and marginalized populations within higher education through critical theoretical frameworks and qualitative methodological approaches. Through her scholarship on campus racial climate and hate crimes, she seeks to disrupt whiteness and white supremacy on predominantly white campuses. Her research shapes administrators, specifically university presidents’ responses to race and racism, by challenging their use of anti-blackness and non-performative rhetoric. Dr. Briscoe is a Spencer Foundation grant recipient for a project entitled Resistance or Racism? Unpacking Critical Race Theory Bans in a Sociopolitical Era of Anti-Racism with co-principal investigator Dr. Veronica Jones Baldwin. Dr. Briscoe’s work has been published in the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, Higher Education Research and Development, Journal of International Students, and Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. Currently, she serves as the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Council on Ethnic Participation Mentor-Protégé Program Co-Chair and American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division J Postsecondary Education Program Committee Section 3: Organization, Management, and Leadership Co-Chair. Dr. Briscoe also serves as a faculty affiliate of Race and Equity Center, University of Southern California and Project M.A.L.E.S at the University of Texas at Austin.

Before completing her Ph.D. program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she served as the Associate Director of Student Life at the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV), where she supervised a team of student leaders and new professionals. Dr. Briscoe was awarded the ACPA–College Student Educators International Commission for Student Involvement Outstanding Service Award and launched the Commission’s first-ever Mentorship Program. 


Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Higher Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.S., Student Affairs and Higher Education, Indiana State University
MBA, Business Administration, Albany State University
B.S., Business Marketing, Albany State University

Courses Taught

HED 8623 Diversity, Globalization, and the College Student
HED 8523 Student Development Theory
EDA 8473 Introduction to Research in Educational Leadership
EDF 9453 Introduction to Qualitative Research
HED 8990 Race, Racism, and Racialized Incidents in Higher Education
HED 8010 Practicum

Select Publications

Briscoe, K. L., & Jones, V. A. (accepted). “Whiteness, here, Whiteness everywhere”: How Student Affairs Professionals Experience Whiteness at Predominantly White Institutions. Journal of College Student Development.

Briscoe, K. L. (2022). "Failing to Respond": Black Graduate Students' Perceptions of a University President's Responses to Racialized Incidents. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Advance online. https://doi.org/10.1037.dhe0000388

Briscoe, K. L. (2021). Student Affairs Professionals’ Experiences with Campus Racial Climate at Predominantly White Institutions. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Advance online. https://doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000311

Yao, C.W., Briscoe, K. L., & Rutt, J. (2021). In the aftermath of a racialized incident: Exploring the experiences of international students of Color with campus racial climate. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 14(3), 386-397.

Briscoe, K. L., Jones, V. A., Hatch-Tocaimaza, D.K., & Martinez, E. (2020). Positionality and power: The individual’s role in directing community college men of color initiatives. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 57(5), 473-486.

Briscoe, K. L. & Freeman Jr., S. (2019). The role of mentorship in the preparation and success of university presidents. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 27(4), 416-438.

Select Grants

2022      Spencer Foundation Small Research Grant. “Resistance or Racism? Unpacking Critical Race Theory Bans in a Sociopolitical Era of Anti-Racism.” Co-Principal Investigator, Veronica Jones Baldwin, $50,000.

2022      NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Channing Briggs Small Grant. Experiencing Anti-black Racism: Black Student Affairs Professionals Stories of Anti-blackness Rhetoric in Campus Statements. Co-Principal Investigator, Evangela Oates, $3,680.

2020      National Association for Campus Activities Foundation. “Barely Surviving”: What Black Student Leaders Stories of Race and Racism Reveal about Student Affairs, $1,250.

2020      ACPA–College Student Educators International Foundation. Why Can’t You Just Say “Black People”? Stories of Anti-Blackness Rhetoric in Campus Statements as Experienced by Black Student Affairs Professionals’. Co-Principal Investigator, Evangela Oates, $1,250.

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Dr. Kaleb Briscoe

Assistant Professor

Allen 250A

E: kbriscoe@colled.msstate.edu
P: (662) 325-7919