Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Alkadry, M.G., Blessett, B., and Patterson, V. (forthcoming). Public Administration, Diversity and the Ethic of Getting Things Done. Administration and Society.
  • Blessett, B. & Lopez-Littleton, V. (2017). Examining the Impact of Institutional Racism in Black Residentially Segregated Communities. Ralph Bunche Journal of Public Affairs, 6(1), 1-13.
  • Love, J.M., Gaynor, T.S., & Blessett, B. (2016). Facilitating Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom: A pedagogical imperative. Administrative Theory & Praxis, 38, 227-233.
  •  Blessett, B., Gaynor, T.S., Alkadry, M.G., & Witt, M. (2016). Counternarratives as Critical Perspectives in Public Administration Curricula. Administrative Theory & Praxis, 38, 267-284.

  • Blessett, B. & Box, R.C. (2016). Sharecropper Finance: Using the Justice System as a Public Revenue Source. Public Integrity, 18(2), 113-126.
  • Lopez-Littleton, V. and Blessett, B. (2015). A Framework for Integrating Cultural Competency into the Curriculum of Public Service Programs. Journal of Public Affairs Education, 21(4), 557-574.
  • Blessett, B., (2015). Disenfranchisement: Historical Underpinnings and Contemporary Manifestations. Public Administration Quarterly, 39(1), 3-50.
  • Norris-Tirrell, D., Blessett, B., and Knox, C. (2014). Peeking Behind the Curtain: The Operations and Funding Priorities of Rural Private Foundations. Foundation Review, 6(4), 65-78.
  • Blessett, B., (2014). Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Reconfiguring the System from Investing in the Failure of the “Other”. In The American Mosaic: Latino American Experience.
  • Gaynor, T.S. and Blessett, B. (2014). Inequality at the Intersection of the DOMA and VRA: A Review of the 2013 Supreme Court Decisions. Administrative Theory & Praxis, 36(2), 261-267.
  • Blessett, B., Alkadry, M.G., and Rubaii, N. (2013). Management and Governance: 21st Century Implications for Diversity in Public Administration. Public Administration Quarterly, 37(3), 5-7.
  • Blessett, B. and Pryor, M. (2013). Invisible Job Seeker: The absence of ex-offenders in discussions of diversity management. Public Administration Quarterly, 37(3), 136-158.
  • Alkadry, M.G., Bhandari, R., Wilson, C.S., and Blessett, B. (2011). Racial Disparities in Stroke Awareness: African Americans and Caucasians. Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, 33(4).
  • Alkadry, M.G.and Blessett, B. (2010). Aloofness or Dirty Hands: Administrative Culpability in the Making of the 2nd Ghetto. Administrative Theory and Praxis, 32(4), 552-576.

 

Book Chapters and Book Reviews

  • Blessett, B. & Gaynor, T.S. (in press). Choice Points as a Framework for Decision-Making. In J.D. Wards (Ed.), Leadership and Change in Public Sector Organizations: Beyond Reform.
  • Gaynor, T.S. & Blessett, B. (2016). Schooling You on the Domains of Power in The Wire. In T.S. Gaynor and J.D. Taliaferro (Eds), Teaching the Wire: Frameworks, Theories and Strategies for the Classroom (p. 63-79). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
  •  Blessett, B. (2015). Institutional Racism, Organizations & Public Policy. Public Integrity, 17(4), 1-4.Gaynor, T.S. & Blessett, B. (2016). Schooling You on the Domains of Power in The Wire. In T.S. Gaynor and J.D. Taliaferro (Eds), Teaching the Wire: Frameworks, Theories and Strategies for the Classroom (p. 63-79). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

  • Blessett, B. (2014). African Americans and Gentrification in Washington, D.C.: Race, Class, and Social Justice in the Nation’s Capital (Book Review). Ethnic and Racial Studies.
  • Blessett, B. (2014). Changing the Narrative: Affirmative Action as Democratically Necessary. In James A. Beckman (Ed.), Contemporary Perspectives on Affirmative Action (Vol. 2, p. 209-224). Santa Barbara: Praeger.
  • Blessett, B. (2012). Prisons for Profit: The Political and Economic Implications of Private Prisons. In Byron E. Price and John C. Morris (Eds.), Prison Privatization: The Many Facets of a Controversial Industry (Vol. 2, pp. 9-27). Santa Barbara: Praeger/Greenwood Publishers.
  • Blessett, B. (2012). Private Prisons as a Response to the “Second Ghetto.” In Byron E. Price and John C. Morris (Eds.), Prison Privatization: The Many Facets of a Controversial Industry (Vol. 3, pp. 113-126). Santa Barbara: Praeger/Greenwood Publishers.

 

Other Publications and Reports

  • Blessett, B., Fudge, M., & Gaynor, T.S. (2017). Moving from Theory to Practice: An Evaluative Assessment of Social Equity Approaches. Submitted to the Center for Accountability and Performance (CAP) and the National Academy of Public Administration’s (NAPA) Standing Panel on Social Equity in Governance.
  • Blessett, B. (in press). Willful Ignorance and the De-legitimization of the Lived Experience. Published by Public Management Research Association (PMRA).
  • Blessett, B. (2016). Citizenship: An exploration of its meaning and impact for returning citizens, their families and communities [White paper]. Submitted to the Kettering Foundation.
  • Gaynor, T.S. & Blessett, B. (2014). Anti-Corruption Consolidated Report. Submitted to Human Services Research Council.
  • Blessett, B. & Gaynor, T.S. (2014). Community Engagement Final Report. Submitted to the Human Sciences Research Council.
  • Blessett, B. and Bryer, T. (2013). Heart of Florida United Way Performance Measures: Barriers to Data Collection and Data Use. Published by the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management.
  • Blessett, B., Littleton, V., White, A., Hyler, A., and Smith, J. (2012). Engaging Key Partners in Addressing Poverty. 3rd Annual Symposium on Poverty. Orlando, FL.
  • Bryer, T. and Blessett, B. (2012). Education in Sumter County, FL: Data, Stakeholder Perceptions, and General Recommendations for United Way Impact Investment. Published by the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management at the University of Central Florida.
  • Bryer, T. and Blessett, B. (2012). Education in Lake County, FL: Data, Stakeholder Perceptions, and General Recommendations for United Way Impact Investment. Published by the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management at the University of Central Florida.
  • Bryer, T. and Blessett, B., and Myers, A. (2012). Pine Hills Nutrition Study. Published by the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management at the University of Central Florida.
  • Bryer, T. and Blessett, B. (2012). Heart of Florida United Way Indicators Report and Recommendations. Published by the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management at the University of Central Florida.

 

Collaborative Research Projects

  • Blessett, B. (PI). Citizenship: An exploration of its meaning and impact for ‘returning citizens’, their families and communities, a joint-learning agreement was awarded by the Kettering Foundation, March 2015.
  • Blessett, B. Public Administration Research Exchange. Kettering Foundation (on-going since 2013).
  • Bohler-Muller, N. (PI) and Kanyane, M. (Co-PI). Contracted Support Service: Price, B.E., Blessett, B. and Gaynor, T.S. Governance Research, Support and Advocacy Services for the Human Science Research Council (HSRC) in Pretoria, South Africa. 
  • Blessett, B. Community-Politics Exchange. Kettering Foundation (May 2013).

 

Grant Activity

  • Blessett, B. (PI) and Gaynor, T.S. (Co-PI). Intersectional Subjection and Law Enforcement: Examining Perceptions Held by LGBTQ People of Color in New Orleans LA. Applied for $150,000 by the Office of Justice Programs for the FY16 W.E.B. DuBois Program of Research on Race and Crime, May 2016.
  • Blessett, B. (PI) and Bryer, T. (Co-PI). Community Needs Assessment for Seminole County, a $23,144 grant was awarded by Seminole County to conduct a community needs assessment to support the Community Action Plan, January 2014.
  • Blessett, B. (PI). Stakeholder Analysis of Citizenship, Community, and Social Capital, a $2,500 grant awarded by the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management, May 2013.
  • Bryer, T. (PI) and Blessett, B. (Co-PI). 100 Women Strong, a $20,000 grant was awarded to address food security issues in the Pine Hills community, May 2012.
  • Bryer, T. (PI) and Blessett, B. (Co-PI). United Way Lake and Sumter County, a $35,000 grant was awarded to conduct a needs assessment on educational programs and services, April 2012.
  • Blessett, B. (PI). Heart of Florida United Way, a three-year $6,000 grant was awarded to assess and modify the organization’s Community Impact Indicators. January 2012-2014.
  • Blessett, B. (PI). Florida Department of Health, a $15,000 grant was awarded to promote arthritis awareness in Orlando through the “2011 English Arthritis Health Communication Campaign.”
  • Blessett, B. (2008). Grant writer for ODU CDC, funding obtained from the Wachovia Foundation in the amount of $20,000 was used to support organizational programming and community service activities.
  • Blessett, B. (2007). Grant writer for ODU CDC, $25,000 was obtained from the Bank of American Neighborhood Excellence Grant was used to initiate community activities: Workforce Housing and the annual Girls Conference.

 

Conference Presentations

  • Blessett, B. & Lopez-Littleton, V. (2016). Cultural Competency in Public Admin Programs. Presented at Rutgers Scholarship on Diversity and Inclusion: Current Findings and Future Considerations Symposium. New Brunswick, NJ.
  • Gaynor, T.S., Blessett, B., & Fudge, M. (2015). Evaluating Frameworks that Assess Social Equity in Communities and Community Programs. Presented at the NAPA Fall Meeting. Washington, D.C.
  • Blessett, B. & Lopez-Littleton, V. (2015). Integrating Cultural Competency in Public Administration Curricula. Presented at the Annual NASPAA Conference. Brooklyn, NY.
  • Blessett, B. (2015). Systematic aggression on black bodies: The chicken-egg relationship between black communities and the police. Presented at the Public Administration Theory Network Conference. Vancouver, B.C.
  • Blessett, B. (2015). The Hypocrisy of Democracy: students of color, the school-to-prison pipeline, and second-class citizenship. Presented at Urban Affairs Association Conference. Miami, FL.
  • Blessett, B., Gaynor, T.S., & Fudge, M. (2015). Assessing Equity Frameworks, Trends, and Performance Measurement Tools. Presented at the Social Equity Leadership Conference. Nashville, TN.
  • Blessett, B. (2015). Systematic aggression on black bodies: The chicken-egg relationship between black communities and the police. Presented at the Public Administration Theory Network Conference. Vancouver, B.C.
  • Blessett, B. (2015). The Hypocrisy of Democracy: students of color, the school-to-prison pipeline, and second-class citizenship. Presented at Urban Affairs Association Conference. Miami, FL.
  • Blessett, B. (2015). Baltimore: A Case Study in the Disinvestment of the “Other.” Presented at the American Society for Public Administration Conference. Chicago, IL.
  • Blessett, B., Fudge, M., & Gaynor, T.S. (2015). Moving From Theory to Policy Implementation: An Evaluative Assessment of Social Equity Practices in US Local Governments. Presented at the American Society for Public Administration Conference. Chicago, IL.
  • Gaynor, T.S. and Blessett, B. (May 2014). Popular Opinion or Political Ideology?: An Intersectional Challenges to the 2013 SCOTUS Decisions. To be presented at the Public Administration Theory Network Conference. Miami, FL.
  • Gaynor, T.S. and Blessett, B. (April 2014). Where DOMA and VRA collide: The intersection of class and race in the 2013 Supreme Court Decisions. To be presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference. Chicago, IL. 
  • Gaynor, T.S. and Blessett, B. (March 2014). Citizenship, Community and Social Capital: The Tale of Two Cities. To be presented at the Urban Affairs Association Conference. San Antonio, TX.
  • Hopp, C., Blessett, B., Perrotte, G., Ramirez, B. (2013). Making it Public: Student Understanding of Meaning, Purpose, and Importance of Diversity. Presented at the UCF Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) Winter Conference. Orlando, FL.
  • Blessett, B. and Pryor, M. (2013). The Invisible Job Seeker: The absence of ex-offenders in discussions of diversity management. Presented at the Social Equity Leadership Conference.  Raleigh, NC.
  • Blessett, B. (2013). Black Feminist theories in Public Administration. Panel: The Missing Mothers, the Missing Others in Public Administration Theory.  Presented at the Public Administration Theory Network Conference National Conference.  San Francisco, CA.
  • Blessett, B. (2013). Federal Policy Development + State Implementation = Injustice. Panel: Investing in the Failure of the “Other”: Solutions that Address Disproportionate Impacts of Urban Policies.  Presented at the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) National Conference. New Orleans, LA.
  • Hopp, C., Blessett, B., Perrotte, G., Ramirez, B. (2013). UCF Faculty Diversity Think Tank. Presented at the UCF Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) Summer Conference. Orlando, FL.
  • Gaynor, T.S. and Blessett, B. (2013). Definitions of Citizenship in Post Apartheid Cape Town. Presented at the Meaning of Citizenship Conference.  Detroit, MI.
  • Knox, C., Blessett, B., and Norris-Tirrell, D. (2013). Assessing the Landscape of Nonprofit Organizations in Rural Counties. Presented at the 7th Annual UCF Public Administration Research Conference. Orlando, FL. 
  • Hopp, C., Blessett, B., Perrotte, G., Ramirez, B., Oetjen, R. (2012). Insight into Diversity: Curriculum Integration and Student Engagement. Presentation by the Diversity Think Tank at the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FTLC) Winter Development Conference.  Orlando, FL.
  • Blessett, B. (2012). Endorsed Segregation: Old News or Newly Constructed. Presented at the Southeastern Conference of Public Administration. Coral Springs, FL.
  • Blessett, B. (May 2012). All Groups Welcome: The Floor is Open for Discussion. Presented at the Teaching Public Administration Conference. South Padre, Island, TX.
  • Gaynor-Rouse, T.S. and Blessett, B. (May 2012). CDCs and Social Capital: An Investigation of Expectations and Realities. Presented at the Public Administration Theory Network Conference National Conference. South Padre Island, TX.
  • Blessett, B. (2012). Conceptualizing Urban Mobility and its Implications for Democracy and Social Justice. Presented at the 6th Annual UCF Public Administration Research Conference. Orlando, FL. 
  • Blessett, B. and Gaynor-Rouse, T. S. (2012). Diminishing Social Capital: A Tale of Two Cities. Presented at the Conference of Minority Public Administration (COMPA). McAllen, TX.
  • Blessett, B. (2011). Diversity and Cultural Competence: Creating an Environmental of Collective Inclusion. Presented at the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FTLC) Winter Development Conference. Orlando, FL.
  • Blessett, B. (2011). Does Context Really Matter? Economic Development Ends, Black Displacement Means. Presented at the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. Kansas City, MO.
  • Joyner, N.F., Blessett, B., and Alkadry, M.G. (2011). Mission Possible: Moving Beyond Colorblind Civility to Courageous and Meaningful Dialogues About Race. Presented at the Social Equity and Leadership Conference. Binghamton, NY.
  • Blessett, B., Mengistu, B., and Alkadry, M.G. (2011). Making Urban Issues Salient for Public Administration Education. Presented at the Social Equity and Leadership Conference. Binghamton, NY.
  • Blessett, B. (2011). From Inner City to the Academy: My Journey, My Experience. Presented at the Public Administration Theory Network National Conference.  Norfolk, VA.
  • Blessett, B. (2011). Dispersion or Re-segregation: A Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Public Policies and their Impact on Urban African American Mobility. Presented at the Public Administration Research Colloquium. Orlando, FL.
  • Blessett, B., Chapman, T., and Alkadry, M.G. (2010). ‘Naturally Negro? Public Housing Site Selection and the Re-segregation of Baltimore. Presented at the Social Equity Leadership Conference.  Baltimore, MD. 
  • Alkadry, M.G. and Blessett, B. (2010). Relevance and Moral Silence: Does the Rubber Often Miss the Road. Presented at the Public Administration Theory Network National Conference.  Omaha, NE. 
  • Blessett, B. and Alkadry, M.G. (2010). Administrative Culpability in the Making of the Second Ghetto. Presented at the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) National Conference. San Jose, CA.
  • Blessett, B. and Alkadry, M.G. (2010). Misappropriated Power: An Analysis of Administrative Discretion and its Impact on African American Communities. Presented at the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration.  Virginia Beach, VA.
  • Blessett, B. (2009). Making the Second Ghetto: A Case Study on Overtown. Presented at the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration Conference.  Norfolk, VA.
  • Blessett, B. and Alkadry, M.G. (2009). Race and Responsibility: Administrative Involvement in the Demise of Overtown. Presented at the Conference of Minority Public Administrators National Conference (COMPA). Las Vegas, NV.
  • Blessett, B. (2008). Assessing Community Needs to Coordinate Revitalization Initiatives. April 2008.  Presented at the Old Dominion University Research Exposition.  Norfolk, VA.
  • Blessett, B. (2008). Assessing Community Needs to Coordinate Revitalization Initiatives. Presented at the Virginia Council of Graduate Schools.  Richmond, VA.
  • Plichta, S.B., Jackson, J., Blessett, B., and Myers, R. (2007). Social Connectedness and Intimate Partner Violence. Presented at the American Public Health Association and Academy Health Conference.  Washington D.C., November 2007.

 

International Conferences

  • Blessett, B., Gaynor, T.S., & Fudge, M. (2015). Social Equity and Performance Measurement: Innovation to Bridge Theory and Practice to Achieve Equality. Presented at the International Public Management Network. Budapest, Hungary.
  • Blessett, B. and Gaynor, T.S. (2014). Global Strategies and Practices to Combat Corruption in Africa and Beyond. Accepted at the International Conference on Democratic Governance. Kigali, Rwanda, June 2014.
  • Blessett, B. and Gaynor, T.S. (2013). CDCs, NGOs, and Social Capital: Comparative Perspectives from Urban America to Cape Town. Accepted at the Consortium for International Management, Policy and Development (CIMPAD). Windhoek, Namibia, June 2013.
  • Invited to participate in the South African NGO Coalition to engage with diverse constituent groups about human capacity building. The conference sponsored a variety of workshops to strengthen international, domestic, and cross-sectorial relationships in Cape Town, South Africa. September 2010.