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Natasha Croom

Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs

Office: 322 Old Main
Phone: 864-656-1485
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Educational Background

2011 Iowa State University Ph.D. Educational Leadership - Higher Education

2005 Texas A&M University M.S. Education - Higher Education Administration

2003 Texas A&M University-Kingsville B.A. Psychology


Dr. Natasha N. Croom is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs in the College of Education at Clemson University.

Her scholarship centers the experiences of womyn of colour in analyses of institutional practices and policies related to faculty advancement, student development, and intersectional identity development in postsecondary environments. Using critical race feminist perspectives in critical qualitative inquiry, the goal of her scholarship is to critique, disrupt, and dismantle multiple intersecting forms of oppression in higher education in an effort to create equitable spaces, opportunities, and outcomes for womyn of colour.

Her work has been shared in The Review of Higher Education, Negro Educational Review, Equity & Excellence in Education, About Campus, and the Journal for Student Affairs Research and Practice. She is also co-editor of Envisioning Critical Race Praxis in Higher Education through Counter-Storytelling, Envisioning Critical Race Praxis in K-12 Education through Counter-Storytelling both in the Educational Leadership for Social Justice, and Critical Perspectives on Black Women in College. She recently co-edited the first special issue of the NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education entitled Centering the Diverse Experiences of Black Women Undergraduates. In 2015, she was named as an Emerging Scholar by ACPA.

Dr. Croom is highly involved in the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, ACPA - Student Affairs Educators International and currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of College Student Development (JCSD) and the NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education.

Courses Taught

EDL 9770 Diversity Issues in Higher Education
EDL 9800 Critical Race Theory in Education
EDL 9880 Directed Research: Dissertation Proposal Writing
EDL 9620 Governance in Higher Education
EDL 9100 Introductory Doctoral Seminar

EDSA 8030 Introduction to Student Affairs

Research Interests

Faculty advancement beyond tenure

Intersectional identity development in college

Access, equity, and success for womyn of colour and other minoritized communities in post-secondary environments

Critical race theory, critical race feminism, and critical qualitative inquiry in higher education research and practice


Am I going crazy?!: A Critical Race Analysis of Doctoral Education.
Exploring Undergraduate Black Womyn's Motivations for Engaging in
Narratives of Black d/Deaf College Alum: Reflecting on Intersecting Microaggressions in College
Promotion Beyond Tenure: Unpacking Racism and Sexism in the Experiences of Black Womyn Professors
Centering the Diverse Experiences of Black Women Undergraduates