Reginald A. Blockett

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Educational Leadership

Academic Degrees

Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, Indiana University

M.Ed., Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (Student Affairs), Iowa State University

B.A., Sociology, Saginaw Valley State University


Areas of Expertise

Campus cultures & environments

College student learning

Queer of color critique & intersectionality

Black sexual cultures

Critical ethnography



Dr. Reginald A. Blockett is a visiting assistant professor of higher education and student affairs in the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education. Dr. Blockett teaches leadership challenges in higher education and college student development: programs and services. His scholarly interest center on the sociocultural experiences of Black and Brown LGBTQ collegians, Black doctoral students’ socialization, and social justice practice and pedagogies across educational contexts.

Dr. Blockett is a proud native of Detroit, Michigan, where he first learned the value of education, family, and community. He earned a bachelor’s in Sociology with a concentration in social inequality from Saginaw Valley State University, his master’s degree in student affairs from Iowa State University, and earned his doctor of philosophy degree in higher education administration from Indiana University. His professional higher education experience includes working at Rutgers University as a residence life coordinator and as an instructor for first-year women students at Douglass Residential College. Dr. Blockett has extensive college teaching experience as an interdisciplinary educator with concentrations in women’s and gender studies, sexuality studies, critical race studies, and higher education and student affairs.

Dr. Blockett’s current research 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 large research institutions. His scholarship has been published in several prominent research journals, including the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, and the Western Journal of Black Studies.


Selected Publications/Presentations

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.

Blockett, R. A. (2017). 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.

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.

Blockett, R.A. (2017). Creating Black Queer space in college: Implications for student affairs educators. Program session presented at the College Student Educators International (ACPA) Annual Convention, Columbus, OH.

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.

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

Blockett, R. A. (2014). Forging Community: Emergent findings from a critical ethnographic study of Black gay men in a peer-support group. Research paper presented at the National Symposium on LGBTQ Research in Higher Education, East Lansing, MI.

Blockett, R. A. & Snipes. J. T. (2013). Reframing the discourse: A critical race analysis of Fisher V. University of Texas Supreme Court oral arguments. Research paper presented at the Critical Race Studies in Education Association Annual Conference, Nashville, TN.

Blockett, R. A. (2013). Don’t my culture have capital? Experiences of higher education doctoral students of color. Session presented at the College Student Educators International (ACPA) Annual Convention, Las Vegas, NV.



Research Recognition Award, ACPA Coalition for LGBT Awareness, 2016

Nevitt Sanford Award, ACPA Commission for Professional Preparation, 2016

Annuit Coeptis Emerging Professional Award, ACPA, 2012



Association for the Study of Higher Education

American Educational Research Association (Critical examination of race, ethnicity, class, and gender SIG & Research focus on Black education SIG)

Critical Race Studies in Education Association

College Student Educators International (ACPA)

Reginald Blockett
Contact Information
Phone860 486 1346
Office LocationGentry 240E
CoursesEDLR 5122: College Student Development: Programs and Services; EDLR 5108: Leadership Challenges in Higher Education