Brionca D. Taylor


My name is Brionca D. Taylor and I am a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. My research interests broadly concern racial and gendered interactions in educational settings, emotions, qualitative methodogy, and teaching sociology.

My current dissertation work, tentatively titled "We're Not an Academic School": Race, Gender, and Teachers' Emotion Work in Temporary Public Alternative Schools," explores the simultaneous influence of racialized and gendered expectations of emotions on teachers' interactions in predominantly Black temporary public alternative (TPA) schools focused on student socio-emotional learning and behavior modification.

I am a 2015 recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP) and a 2019 Initiative for Minority Excellence (IME) Chancellor's Dissertation Candidacy Award fellow. My research has also been funded by the UNC Institute of African American Research (IAAR).

I am an alumna of the University of Florida where I graduated in 2014 with Bachelors in Sociology and African American Studies and a minor in Education Studies. In my spare time, I enjoy reading fiction novels, particularly Afro-futurism books and relaxing with my old pup, Koda.

Email: brioncat@live.unc.edu155 Hamilton Hall CB 3210Chapel Hill, N.C., 27599