University at Buffalo

Gwendolyn Baxley

Gwendolyn Baxley

Assistant Professor


Specialty/Research Focus

Race, Inequality, and Education; Urban Education

Contact Information
485 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-1085

Professional Summary:

Gwendolyn Baxley earned her PhD from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Drawing on critical qualitative and quantitative methodologies, her research explores educational spaces in which Black youth and families survive, thrive and navigate and the role of race and AntiBlackness within these contexts. She specifically investigate how school and community leaders cultivate nurturing, affirming spaces for Black youth as well as the structures, practices, and ideologies that facilitate or hinder the development of such spaces. Her current research projects explore these areas within the context of school-community-family initiatives, with an emphasis on historical and contemporary community schooling.

Recent Publications:
Journal Special Issue:
  • Baxley, G., Sealey-Ruiz, Y,. Rogers, C., Campano, G., Thomas, E. and Stornaiuolo, A. (2021). “You Can Still Fight”: The Black Radical Tradition, Healing, and Literacies. Research in the Teaching of English, 55(3), 213-215.
Journal Article:
  • Baxley, G. & Sealey-Ruiz, Y. (2021). In the Black Radical Tradition: Poetry as a Praxis for Healing and Resistance. Research in the Teaching of English, 55(3), 311-321.
  • Watson, T. N., & Baxley, G. (2021). Centering “Grace”: Challenging Anti-Blackness in Schooling Through Motherwork. Journal of School Leadership, 32(1), 142-157.
Book Chapter:
  • Baxley, G. (2020). Learning From our Past: Lessons about Radical Community-School Partnerships from the Black Panther Party Community School. In A. Washington, M. Henfield, and R. Goings (Eds.), Creating and Sustaining Effective K-12 Partnerships: Firsthand Accounts of Promising Practices. Information Age Publishing.
Recent Presentations:
Invited Lectures:
  • Baxley, Gwendolyn. Black Magic. November 2020. Black Community Circle. Teachers College, Columbia University. Spoken Word Poetry.;
  • Baxley, Gwendolyn. Research, Poetry and Community Organizing. October 2020. Providence College, Rhode Island. Presentation.;
  • Baxley, Gwendolyn. Studying (with) Black Students, Families Schools and Communities. October 2020. Teachers College, Columbia University. Panel.;
  • Baxley, G. (April, 2021). Complicating "Humanizing" Ideals of Educational Spaces for Black Youth: Conceptualizing Antiblackness and Meaning-Making in Community Schools. Oral Presentation at American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting. Virtual.;
  • Baxley, G. (February, 2021). #NormalNeverWorked: The Fight for Black Liberation in the context of Education and COVID 19. Oral Presentation at Ethnography in Education Research Forum. University of Pennsylvania. Virtual.;
Recent Editorships:
  • Editorial Board; Leadership and Policy in Schools

Contact Information

485 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-1085