Danielle Huddlestun

Doctoral Research Associate

Danielle (she/her/hers) is a student in the Joint Doctoral Program with San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University.

She identifies as a first-generation college graduate from Sacramento, California. Prior to being a doctoral student, Danielle worked in higher education as an academic advisor. This work experience, as well as an interest in interrogating her own experiences as a student, sparked Danielle’s passion for educational research. Through her work, Danielle’s aim is to foster democratic and liberatory school communities for students.

Danielle attended UC Davis, where she earned her Bachelor’s degrees in English and Psychology. At UC Davis, she became involved with orientation and peer advising, where she found her love for working with students.  It was here that she also connected with mentors, who introduced her to what a career working at the university could look like.

Two years into her first role as an academic advisor, Danielle began a Master’s degree in Organization and Leadership at the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Education. Here, she joined a research team that interrogated the impacts of disproportionate punitive school discipline and the school to prison nexus. Getting involved in this work transformed the trajectory of her career and with support from her femtors at USF, Danielle decided to pursue doctoral studies. Her work at USF has shaped the way she approaches research today; always from a humanizing, justice-oriented lens. 

In her career as an academic advisor, Danielle was committed to providing student-centered support and developing restorative advising practices to challenge systematically inequitable processes and policies at the university. This experience directly informs her research interests which include access to support for minoritized student populations and students navigating academic difficulty and/or probation. She is also interested in the impacts of academic policies within higher education spaces.