Wayne State University

Dr. Brandon O. Hensley



Brandon Hensley serves as Lecturer in the Department of Communication. He received his Master of Arts degree from Eastern Illinois University, specializing in communication theory and intercultural communication, and he obtained his Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Foundations from Illinois State University in May 2016. His research interests include the student loan debt crisis in the U.S., faculty working conditions, and critical examinations of neoliberalism, hegemonic masculinity, whiteness, bullying and other mechanisms of domination and oppression.

Hensley was co-editor and a chapter contributor for Critical Storytelling in Uncritical Times (Hartlep & Hensley, 2015), an edited volume published by Sense Publishers in the series Constructing Knowledge: Curriculum Studies in Action. The second volume of Critical Storytelling in Uncritical Times, of which Hensley is co-editor and chapter author, is set for release in Winter 2016. Hensley also contributed as co-editor and author in The Neoliberal Agenda and the Student Debt Crisis in U.S. Higher Education: Voices of Students and Faculty (Hartlep, Eckrich, & Hensley, in press), to be published by Routledge in 2017.

In addition to his work as co-editor, Brandon authored a chapter ("Lifting the Dumbbells of Whiteness and Hegemonic Masculinity") in Unhooking from Whiteness: Resisting the Esprit de Corps (Hartlep & Hayes, 2016), an edited volume published by Sense.

In February 2016, Brandon successfully defended his dissertation at Illinois State University, titled "Adjunct Faculty in a Neoliberal Age: The Power of Critical Stories." He continues to explore issues of faculty working conditions, neoliberalism, student loan debt in U.S. higher education, and communication problems brought about by oppressive social constructs.

Cirriculum Vitae

Academic Interests

Bullying in PK-12 settings, student loan debt, masculinity studies, neoliberalism, critical storytelling 

Area of Expertise

Autoethnography, assessment, neoliberalism, student loan debt

Primary Research Link


Recent Publications

Hensley, B.O. (2017). Debt(s) we can't walk out on: National Adjunct Walkout Day, complicity, and the neoliberal threat to social movement in the academy. In N.D. Hartlep & L. Eckrich, & B.O. Hensley (Eds.), The neoliberal agenda and the student debt crisis in U.S. higher education: Voices of students and faculty. New York: Routledge.

Hensley, B.O. (2017). Co-creating adjunct faculty communities: Mobilizing adjunct voices through connective storytelling. In R. Fuller and M.K. Brown (Eds.), Adjunct faculty voices: Cultivating professional development and community at the front lines of higher education. Sterling, VA:Stylus Publishing.

Hensley, B.O. (2016). Lifting the dumbbells of whiteness and hegemonic masculinity. . Hayes (Eds.), Unhooking from whiteness: Resisting the esprit de corps. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Collier, D.A., Mishra, S., Hensley, B., Hartlep, N.D., & Houston, D. What about student loan debt? Exploring the online conversation of the announcement of debt-free community college plan from the perspective of those who reference student loan debt [White paper]. https://www.academia.edu/19673773/What_About_Student_Loan_Debt

Hartlep, N.D., & Hensley, B.O. (2015). (Eds.). Critical storytelling in uncritical times: Stories disclosed in a Cultural Foundations of Education Course. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Courses Taught

COM1010: Basic Public Speaking Course 

COM3400: Theories of Communication