• Higher Education Program Director, Educational Leadership&Policy
  • Assistant Professor (Clinical), Educational Leadership&Policy


  • Watts, A. & Johnson, R. M. (In Press). Meritocracy. In The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Social Justice in Education. Winn, W. T. and Winn, L. T. (Eds.). Bloomsbury Press. Accepted, 04/01/2022.
  • Watts, A. (2022). Beyond ‘Woke Play’: Strategies for Challenging Performative Allyship. In Student Affairs ‘Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’ Programming. In Johnson, R.M., Anya, U. & Garces, L.M. (Eds.) Racial Equity on College Campuses: Connecting Research and Practice. SUNY Press. Published, 02/08/2022.
  • Watts, A., and Dowd, A. C. (In Press). Access and Equity in Higher Education. In Research Handbook on the Transformation of Higher Education. Leisyte, L., Dee, J., and van der Meulen, B. (Eds). Edward Elgar. Accepted, 11/15/2021.
  • Watts, A. (2020). GI Bill. In M.J. Amey & David, M.E. (Eds.), SAGE Encyclopedia of Higher Education, 5v. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. Published, 09/01/2020.
  • Watts, A. (2019). Disturbing the dream of integration: A critical historiography of Penn State’s College of Education during the decade following Brown v. Board. Journal of Critical Studies on Higher Education and Student Affairs. Vol. 5. Published, 08/01/2019.

Research Keywords

  • Race, racism, and whiteness
  • Organizational Theory and Behavior (education)
  • Higher Education
  • Graduate Education
  • Critical Whiteness Studies


  • Queer Theory has Entered the CHAT: Dis/Orienting Cultural Historical Activity Theory. Paper accepted for presentation at the 2023 American Education Research Association Annual Meeting [Virtual Session]. Conference Paper, Accepted, 12/31/2022.
  • Carey, S., Gregory, T., Ahanonu, M., Errgang, E. & Watts, A. A Collaborative Dialogue on Hyper-Christian Nationalism and it's Influence on Higher Education. Presentation accepted for the ACPA Annual Meeting, New Orleans. Presentation, Accepted, 12/31/2022.
  • Watts, A. & Silberstein, S. Student Affairs in the Upside Down: Exploring Critical Gaming Pedagogy in HESA Grad Prep Programs. Presentation Accepted to the ACPA Annual Meeting, New Orleans. Presentation, Accepted, 12/31/2022.
  • Here there be Dragons: Mapping Waves of Foundation Philanthropy's Entanglement with Campus-Based DEI Efforts. Presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Meeting, Las Vegas. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/18/2022.
  • Coins and Community: Exploring Faculty Socialization, Relationality, and Equity-Oriented Grant-Seeking. Presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/17/2022.
  • ASHE/Ascendium Fellows Nevada Institute Presentation. Presentation, Presented, 11/16/2022.
  • Reshaping the University: From Segregation to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). A retrospective of movements in foundation philanthropy's relationship to DEI work on college campuses. At the History of Education Society Annual Meeting (Virtual). Conference Paper, Presented, 11/01/2022.