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Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Desirée Anderson

Adjunct Professor
Center for Justice Reform
Summer Session CJR

BA, University of Louisville

MA, University of Louisville

PhD, University of New Orleans

Dr. Desirée Anderson


Dr. Desirée Anderson was born in San Diego, California. The child of naval personnel, she had the pleasure of moving around a lot including living in Belgium where she attended High School. She earned her B.A. and Master’s from the University of Louisville and her Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans. Having worked in higher education for over 15 years, Dr. Desirée Anderson has committed her energy to address issues of bias and hate on college and university campuses. Before coming to serve as the Associate Dean of Diversity and Student Affairs at the University of New Orleans, she worked as the Director of the Intercultural Center at Saint Mary’s College of California and previously held positions at Tulane University and Texas State University. Desirée occasionally serves as an adjunct instructor and a Restorative Justice Trainer and Facilitator. Dr. Anderson has also released a book chapter in Colorizing Restorative Justice and in Ethics of Higher Education. In her free time, she enjoys reading, singing, dancing, and watching an unnecessary amount of TV, especially dramas.