Wayne State University

Dr. Brandon O. Hensley


Brandon Hensley is a Lecturer in the Department of Communication, and he recently served as Assessment Coordinator for the College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts (CFPCA). He received his Master of Arts degree from Eastern Illinois University (2010), 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 is Series Editor for the Critical Storytelling book series, published by Brill/Sense. He has co-authored and co-edited three volumes of Critical Storytelling anthologies, with the fourth to be published in 2019 (Critical Storytelling in Urban Education). More information can be found in the links below.

In addition to his work as co-editor, Brandon has authored journal articles and book chapters dealing with the student loan debt crisis in U.S. higher education; faculty working conditions, specifically adjunct and contingent faculty; bullying in various educational settings; organizational culture in higher education; gender norms, particularly hegemonic masculinity; and critical examinations of racism, specifically whiteness. 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.

Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)

Academic Interests

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

Area of Expertise

Autoethnography, assessment, neoliberalism, student loan debt

Awards & Honors

 2018 National Book Award- Society of Professors of Education (SPE) for The Neoliberal Agenda and the Student Debt Crisis in U.S. Higher Education

Degrees and Certifications

 M.A.- Eastern Illinois University, 2010

Ph.D.- Illinois State University, 2016

Primary Research Link


Recent Publications

Hartlep, N.D., & Hensley, B.O. (Eds.). (2019). Critical Storytelling in urban education. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill/Sense. 

Hensley, B.O. (2018). Building your voice: Powerful public speaking in the 21st Century. Dubuque, IA: Great River Learning. 

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

COM7000: Intro to M.A. Studies in Communication

COM7990: Directed Study in Communication (Graduate-level)