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Kirsten Hextrum

Kirsten Hextrum, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Kirsten Hextrum

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Adult and Higher Education

Phone: (405) 325-4202
Office: Collings Hall 210

CV for Dr. Kirsten Hextrum (PDF)

Research Interests

  • Critical studies of gender, race, and class
  • Social and cultural contexts of sport and education
  • Economics, policy, and reform of college sport
  • Theoretical foundations and challenges for student athlete support services
  • Theoretical foundations and methodologies of qualitative research

Kirsten Hextrum is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and a faculty affiliate in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Hextrum is a former NCAA Division I two-time national champion rower and currently is a nationally-recognized expert on college sport access, equity, and diversity. She is the author of the forthcoming book Special Admission: How college athletic recruitment favors white suburban athletes (Rutgers University Press, Spring 2021). Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Hextrum worked in academic support services for college athletes and completed her PhD in Education at the University of California Berkeley. She is a frequent host of equity workshops for university students, staff, coaches, and administrators. Her work has appeared in top academic journals including Harvard Educational Review, Studies in Higher Education, and Teachers College Record, in journalistic outlets such as The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg News, and NPR, and in the documentary The Business of Amateurs.