Dr. Gwendolyn Baxley is an assistant professor in the department of educational leadership and policy within the graduate school of education at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Dr. Baxley explores community-engaged educational leadership and educational spaces that center the affirmation, well-being, critical consciousness, and self-determination of Black youth and families. Within this work, Dr. Baxley also explores how societal and school
structures and ideologies facilitate or hinder the development of such spaces, including the role of AntiBlackness and racism. Her current research projects explore these areas within the context of school-community-family initiatives, with an emphasis on historical and contemporary community schooling. Dr. Baxley earned her PhD from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a Minority Postdoctoral Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University.