Carolyn Morales, Ph.D. is a 2019 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.

Dr. Morales at her Dissertation Defense.

L-R: Dr. Lize Booysen, Committee Chair, Dr. Philomena Essed, Committee Member, Dr. Gaile Pohlhaus (on screen), Committee Member.

Dissertation Committee

  • Lize Booysen, DBL, Committee Chair
  • Philomena Essed, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Gaile Pohlhaus, Ph.D., Committee Member


intersectionality, epistemology, feminist epistemology, leadership, bricolage, theoretical bricolage, intersectional leadership

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This dissertation investigates the potential of linking intersectionality and leadership theories utilizing a theoretical bricolage research strategy. In order to explore a theoretical merger between these two disparate disciples warrants a preliminary understanding of how the production of knowledge has constructed a long-standing epistemic bias against marginalized perspectives. This analysis will seek to illustrate how androcentrism pervades the corpus of intellectual thought and the resulting impact which extends beyond the traditional canon of epistemology to the field of leadership. Intrinsic to this analysis will be an exploration of social identity and how it interacts with larger social environmental factors such as power, privilege, and the nominal integration of intersectionality within leadership studies. This level of analysis will be used to construct a conceptual framework connecting the constructs of complexity, interdisciplinarity, epistemology, and oppression. Beyond exploring this theoretical merger, this examination will consider how an intersectional understanding of identity development can expand the epistemology of leadership theory. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA: Antioch University Repository and Archive, and OhioLINK ETD Center,


Carolyn Morales, Ph.D.

ORCID Scholar ID #: #0000-0002-3923-7457

Dr. Carolyn Morales is the director of diversity and recruitment in The Graduate School and an instructor at The Ohio State University. She has 21 years of experience leading strategic planning initiatives as a diversity and inclusion practitioner in the academic, non-profit, and for-profit industries.

Serving as a catalyst for change, Carolyn has built coalitions of philosophically diverse groups, leveraging the wisdom of allies and adversaries alike to craft strategies and solutions that advance equity and inclusion. She has earned a BA in English from Baylor University, an MA in International Management from SIT Graduate Institute, and an MA in Leadership and Change from Antioch University.