Qiana Cutts

Department / Division

  • Educational Foundations Faculty


  • Associate Professor


Email: qmc24@msstate.edu


  • 1998 Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of West Alabama
  • 2002 Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of West Alabama 
  • 2009 Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Policy Studies from Georgia State University
  • 2014 Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University 

Courses Taught 

  • EDF 3333 Social Foundations of Education
  • EDF 3413 Writing for Thinking
  • EDF 4243/6263 Planning for the Diversity of Learners 
  • EDF 8553 Research in Education 

Research Expertise 

  • black/hip hop feminism 
  • black women and girls 
  • critical media literacy 
  • diversity and social justice 
  • program evaluation 
  • qualitative research and poetic inquiry 
  • teacher education 

Selected Publications 

  • Cutts, Q., & Sankofa Waters, M. B. (forthcoming). Poetic approaches to qualitative data analysis. In G. Noblit (Ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. Ed. New York: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190264093.013.ORE_EDU-00993.R1 
  • Cutts, Q. (2018). …to Love Me”: A poem exploring Black women’s love narratives. Qualitative Inquiry .  https://doi.org/10.1177/1077800418809735 
  • Cutts, Q. (2018). An ethnopoetic reading of the rhetorical architecture in Miseducation. In B. Love, V. Evans-Winters, & B. Sankofa Waters (Eds.), Celebrating Twenty Years of Black Girlhood: The LaurynHill Reader . New York, NY: Peter Lang.
  • Cutts, Q. (2017). Black women’s sexuality and relationships: Embracing self-love through BREATH-ing. In S. Evans, K. Thomas, & N. Burton (Eds.), Black Women’s Mental Health: Balancing Strength and Vulnerability, Volume 1 (pp. 161-182). Albany, NY: State University of New York Press. 
  • Cutts, Q. (2015). Responsibility, spirituality and transformation in the [for-profit] academy: An endarkened feminist autoethnography. In V. Winters-Evans, & B. Love (Eds.), Black Feminism in Education: Black Women Speak Back, Up, & Out (pp. 191-200). New York, NY: Peter Lang. 
  • Cutts, Q. (2013). Critical pedagogy of place. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing , 28 (3), 142-150. 
  • Cutts, Q., Love, B., & Davis, C. (2013). Being uprooted: Autobiographical reflections of learning in the [New] South. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing , 28 (3), 57-72. 


  • 2018 Inclusion through Innovation Grant
  • 2017-2018 Ottilie Schillig Special Teaching Projects Grant
  • 2017 College of Education Undergraduate Research Grant 

Professional Engagement & Service 

  • American Education Research Association (member) 
  • AERA Arts-Based Educational Research SIG 
  • AERA Hip Hop SIG (membership chair) 
  • National Women’s Studies Association (member) 
  • The Rural Eduator – Reviewer