- B.A., Ph.D., University of Arkansas
- M.Ed., Southern Arkansas University
Dr. Linda Blake is an assistant professor of public administration at Southern Arkansas University where she has taught since 2008. Previously, she worked at Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi in the political science department. Blake earned her Ph.D. in Public Policy in 2003 from the University of Arkansas. She was the first graduate of the program. In 2000, she earned her master’s in agency counseling from Southern Arkansas University and bachelors’ degrees in political science and journalism from the University of Arkansas. In 2007, she attended the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Institutes at the University of South Carolina as well as Harvard in 2008 and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2011 to study and conduct archival research. Blake was also a recipient of a 2010 Fulbright Hays Seminar to Mexico. She is listed in the 2011 edition of Marquis Who’s Who in America. Her research focuses on educational and social justice policies such as school consolidation, integration, the death penalty, and immigration. She is an avid genealogist who traces her family back to the Combahee Ferry Raid in South Carolina involving Harriet Tubman and links her family to Governor Joseph Blake of South Carolina.