Lynnette Mawhinney

Lynnette Mawhinney


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Office Location

110 Warren Street, Room 173A 

Lynnette Mawhinney, Ph.D. is Chair of the Department of Urban Education and Professor of Urban Education. She is also affiliated faculty in the Africana Studies Department. She started her teacher training at Penn State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education/English and Communications, with a minor in Movement Science to use for athletic training with youth and adults. Later, she earned her Masters and Ph.D. in Urban Education at Temple University. Dr. Mawhinney’s research focuses on the professional lives of urban teachers and pre-service teachers (with a specific focus on teachers of 
color), the schooling experiences of urban youth, biracial identity development, and autoethnographic approaches in educational settings. 

Dr. Mawhinney has published extensively in both U.S. and internationally focused peer-reviewed journals. She is the author of There Has to be a Better Way: Lessons from Former Urban Teachers and We Got Next: Urban Education and the Next Generation of Black Teachers and co-editor of Teacher Education Across Minority-Serving Institutions: Programs, Policies, and Social Justice and Opportunities and Challenges in Teacher Recruitment and Retention: Teachers’ Voices Across the Pipelineand Strong Black Girls: Reclaiming Schools in Their Own Image. Dr. Mawhinney is also co-editor of the book seriesContemporary Perspectives on the Lives of Teachers: Opportunities and Challenges, with Information Age Press. Aside from academic books, Dr. Mawhinney is also a children’s book author. Her recent bookLulu the One and Only, received an acclaimed starred Kirkus Review.


  • National Association for Multicultural Education's (NAME) Multicultural Children's Publication Award (2022)
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Book Award for the National Council for Social Studies and the Children's Book Council (2021)
  • American Educational Studies Association's (AESA) Critics Choice Book Award (2020)​
  • American Educational Research Association's (AERA) Division K award for Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education (2018)
  • Bronze Award for The Scholarly/Technical/Scientific Journal for Association Trend (2018)
  • Fulbright Core Scholar at the University of Bahrain (2013-2014)