Faculty and Staff
Toby Jenkins-Henry, Ph.D.
Director, Museum of Education
|Department:||Instruction and Teacher Education
College of Education
Toby Jenkins-Henry is an Associate Professor of Curriculum Studies and Director of the Museum of Education at the University of South Carolina. Her work focuses on the use of culture as a politic of social survival, a tool of social change, and a transformative space of creative and critical pedagogy. She is also interested in the ways in which culture influences activist minded leadership.
Jenkins has authored three books focused on the evolving ideologies of culture, family, and education in contemporary society. My Culture, My Color, My Self: Heritage, Resilience and Community in the Lives of Young Adults was named by the Association of American University Press to the list of “Top 100 Books for Understanding Race Relations in the US". Family, Community, & Higher Education is an edited volume that explores the critical role of family and community in the lives of first generation college students. The Open Mic Night: Campus Programs that Champion College Student Voice was recently awarded a special recognition as the 2018 “Outstanding Edited Collection in Curriculum Studies” at the American Education Research Association’s (AERA) Annual Meeting.
Before becoming a professor, Jenkins spent 10 years working as an administrator and diversity practitioner in higher education. She has worked at the University of Maryland, Penn State University, George Mason University, the University of Hawaii, and Georgia Southern University. Jenkins’ past professional experience as a student affairs staff member with Semester at Sea as well as her individual research projects and studies have taken her to over 30 countries including Greece, Spain, Norway, Italy, Morocco, Egypt, Russia, Belgium, Turkey, South Africa, Senegal, England, France, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Trinidad.