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Reginald A. Blockett

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Assistant Professor

Office Address
328 C DeVos

Office Phone

CSAL/ Adult and Higher Education


Educational Leadership and Counseling


Dr. Blockett joined the faculty in August 2018. He earned a B.A. in Sociology from Saginaw Valley State University, a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (emphasis in Student Affairs) from Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University Bloomington. 

His scholarly interests center on the sociocultural experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and queer collegians of color, doctoral students’ socialization, and social justice practice and pedagogies across educational contexts. Dr. Blockett’s current research agenda mobilizes intersectionality and queer of color critique to understand the worldmaking practices employed by Black queer graduate and undergraduate men at predominantly White and (hetero)cisnormative institutions in the Midwest. He is a proud native of Detroit, Michigan, where he first learned the value of family, community, and education. Prior to joining the GVSU faculty, Dr. Blockett worked as a visiting assistant professor in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. He has worked professionally in higher education and student affairs at Rutgers University as a residence life coordinator and as an instructor to first-year women students at Douglass Residential College.

Dr. Blockett teaches Theories of College Student Development (EDH 647), Intervention Strategies for Student Development (EDH 655), and also advise master’s projects and theses (EDH 693/695).

Teaching Areas

  • Adult and Higher Education
  • College Student Affairs Leadership (CSAL)

Scholarly Interests

  • Sociocultural experiences of Black & Brown LGBTQ collegians
  • Queer of color critique and Intersectionality
  • Critical ethnography in education research
  • College student learning
  • Graduate student socialization


  • Ph.D., Indiana University
  • M.Ed., Iowa State University
  • B.A., Saginaw Valley State University

Academic and Professional Activities

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
  • College Student Educators International (ACPA)
  • Critical Race Studies in Education (CRSEA)
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.


Blockett, R. A. (2018). Thinking with Queer of Color Critique: A Multidimensional Approach to Analyzing and Interpreting Data (pp. 109-122). In R. Winkle-Wagner, J. Lee-Johnson, & A. Gaskew (Eds.), Critical theory and qualitative data analysis in education. New York, NY: Routledge.

Blockett, R. A. (2017). “I think it’s very much placed on us”: Black queer men laboring to forge community at a predominantly White and (hetero)cisnormative research institution in the Midwest. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 30(8), 800-816.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09518398.2017.1350296

Means, D. R., Beatty, C. C., Blockett, R. A., Bumbry, M., Canida II, R. L., & Cawthon, T. W. (2017). Resilient scholars: Reflections from Black Gay Men on the doctoral journey. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 54(1), 109-120. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19496591.2016.1219265

Blockett, R. A., Felder, P. P., Parrish III, W., and Collier, J. N. (2016). Pathways to the professoriate: Exploring African-American doctoral student socialization and the pipeline to the academic profession. The Western Journal of Black Studies, 40(2), 95-110.

Recent Presentations:

Haywood, J., Stewart, D-L., Mobley, S., Blockett, R. A., Harris, J., Stapleton, L. (2017, November). “We do not live single-issue lives”: Disrupting essentialist notions of Blackness. Interactive research symposium presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education annual conference, Houston, TX.

Blockett, R. A. (2017, May). Intersectional Identity Politics: The paradox of Black queer identity formations in college. Research paper presented at the Critical Race Studies in Education Association Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Blockett, R.A. (2017, March). Creating Black Queer space in college: Implications for student affairs educators. Session presented at the American College Personnel Association annual convention, Columbus, OH.

McGowan, B. L., Blockett, R.A., Badaszewski, P., Barker, M., Bryant, A., & Hennessy, K. (2017, March). (Re)imaging theory-to-practice in residential education. Extended session presented at the American College Personnel Association annual convention, Columbus, OH.

Means, D. R., Beemyn, G., Blockett, R.A., Garvey, J. C., Mobley, S., Mollet, A., & Robinson, S. (2017, March). Queering Research: A symposium on LGBTQ+ Research in Student Affairs. Panel session presented at the American College Personnel Association annual convention, Columbus, OH.

Patton Davis, L. D., McGowan, B. L., & Blockett, R.A. (2016, November). Lesbian, gay, and bisexual African American students’ sensemaking of diverse HBCU campus contexts. Paper presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education annual conference, Columbus, OH.

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