Dorothy Hines-Datiri is a native of North Carolina and received her Bachelors Degree in Political Science from North Carolina State University. After completion of her undergraduate degree, she served as a United States History teacher and volunteer track coach in the Caswell County Public School District. After teaching, she attended North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and received her Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration, graduating Magma Cum Laude. In 2008 she was as a participant in the Southern Education Foundation Leadership Initiative as an intern with the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future in Washington, DC. She is currently a Donald Nickerson Fellow and 2012 KingChavezParks Dissertation Fellow at Michigan State University. Additionally, she is the Senior Graduate Student Representative for Division K with the American Educational Research Association.
Dorothy's current research interests include: high school dropout and re-entry, how local and state policies shape student behavior, cultural expectations, and adaptation strategies of at-risk youth in urban schools, and desegregation policies.