Brandy S. Faulkner

Brandy S. Faulkner, Collegiate Assistant Professor and Gloria D. Smith Professor of Black Studies

Brandy S. Faulkner, Collegiate Assistant Professor
Brandy S. Faulkner, Collegiate Assistant Professor and Gloria D. Smith Professor of Black Studies

Department of Political Science
514 Major Williams Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-5766|  bfaulkne@vt.edu

Brandy S. Faulkner, the Gloria D. Smith Professor of Black Studies at Virginia Tech, is a collegiate assistant professor in the Department of Political Science.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 2012, Faulkner’s scholarship has focused on constitutional and administrative law, race and public policy, and critical organization theory. She is active in the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations and served three years as the editorial assistant for the journal Administration and Society.


Faulkner is an award-winning teacher, inspiring students to exceed their own expectations for learning, intellectual development, and personal growth. She teaches courses in public administration, constitutional law, administrative law, research methods, and the politics of race, ethnicity, and gender.


In 2014, Faulkner received a Teaching Excellence Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Four years later, she received the university’s 2018 Diggs Teaching Scholar Award.

  • Professor Faulkner’s areas of specialization include constitutional and administrative law, race and public policy, and critical organization theory. She teaches courses in Public Administration, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Research Methods, and The Politics of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender.
  • Dr. Faulkner has supervised more than 10 undergraduate research students in the areas of law and judicial policy.
  • In 2014, she received a College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences’ Teaching Excellence Award.

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Dr. Faulkner is active in the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations. She served for three years as the Editorial Assistant for the journal Administration & Society and is also a former Research Associate at Virginia Tech’s Race & Social Policy Research Center. Her dissertation examined Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, Jr.’s social justice jurisprudence, and she has published Cultural Critical Incidents in Hazardous Occupations: A Preliminary Exploration (with Tonya Smith-Jackson, Enid Montague, and Chanel Thomas).

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