Faculty Profiles

Dr. Tanetha Grosland

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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Email: jamay@usf.edu 
Office: USF Tampa campus, EDU 158-E 
ORCID Profile

Dr. Tanetha Grosland is an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies in the College of Education at the University of South Florida. Prior to education, she was a successful political scientist on Capitol Hill. She was a staff assistant focused on press relations and legislative research in Washington, D.C. in the United States Senate on Capitol Hill for the late Senator Rod Grams (R-Minnesota) then in St. Paul for the late Congressman Bruce Vento (D-Minnesota, 4th Congressional District).

Dr. Grosland holds three degrees from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities: a bachelor's degree in political science, a master's degree in elementary and social science education, and a Ph.D. in culture and teaching. 

Generally, Dr. Grosland's research focuses on politics, emotions, and the relationship between the two. Her study on classroom experiences in a higher education where race and racism are topics of study remains the cornerstone of her scholarship. She teaches graduate courses in curriculum, politics, and policy.

Selected Publications

Grosland, T. & Roberts L. (May 2021). Leading with/in emotion states: Pedagogical implications for the criticality of emotions in policy debates and political subjects [Paper presentation]. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (online).

Agosto, V., Roberts, L., Valcarlos, M.M., Nkrumah,T., Grosland, T., Bratspis, A., Warren, N., & Reynolds, E. (2021). Jokering bodies. International Review of Qualitative Research (IRQR). In the special Issue. Critical qualitative inquiry: Justice matters in en(tangled) times. Co-host edited by G. S. Cannella, M. Koro, M. F. Huckaby, J. Wolgemuth (Eds.).

Grosland, T.J. & Roberts, L. (2021). Leading with/in emotion states: The criticality of political subjects and policy debates in educational leadership on emotions. Policy Futures in Education, 19(1), 97-110. doi: 10.1177/1478210320940136

Grosland, T.J. & Roberts, L. (2021). Paying emotional tolls: Politics, poststructural narrative theory, and research on race and racism subjects for emotional well-being. In C.E. Matias. (Ed). The Handbook of Critical Theoretical Research Methods in Education. Routledge Press.

Radd, S. I., Grosland, T. J., & Steepleton, A.G. (2010). Desegregation policy as cultural routine: a critical examination of the Minnesota Desegregation Rule. Journal of Education Policy. doi: 10.1080/02680939.2019.1609092

Agosto, V., Wolgemuth, R., White, A., & Grosland, T. J., Freeman, A. (2019). The emotional labor of “taking a knee.” The International Journal of Critical Media Literacy. doi.org/10.1163/25900110-00101009

Grosland, T. J. (2019). Through laughter and through tears: Emotions and antiracist pedagogy. Race, Ethnicity, and Education, 22(3), 301-318. doi: 10.1080/13613324.2018.1468750

Radd, S.I. & Grosland, T. J. (2019). Desirablizing whiteness: A discursive practice in social justice leadership that entrenches white supremacy. Urban Education, 54(5), 656-676. doi: 10.1177/0042085918783824

Shelton, S. A., Flynn, J. E., & Grosland, T. J. (Eds.) (2018). Feminism and Intersectionality in Academia: Women’s Narratives and Experiences in Higher Education. United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.


  • Politics and Policy in Educational Leadership
  • Educational Politics and the Engagement of Communities
  • School Curriculum Improvement 
  • Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction 
  • Educational Leadership 

Professional Associations

  • Editorial Board Member, FERJ, Florida Educational Research Journal
  • Editorial Board Member, Race, Ethnicity, and Education
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership: 2018-2019
  • Newsletter Committee, AERA, Biographical and Documentary Research SIG

Grants, Awards, and Recognitions

  • The Impact of Mentoring on Persistence, Resilience, and Success Outcomes from Black Women Academics, The University of South Florida, Research and Innovation, $14,970 (Role: PI)
  • Lived and Affective Realities of Urban Education Leadership Engaging Social Issues, New Researcher Grant, 2018-2019. The University of South Florida, $10,000
  • Faculty Fellow 2020, McKnight Faculty Fellowship

Selected Community Outreach