By Roadtrip Nation

Bryan Brayboy


My road in life has been direct.
I grew up in a fairly poor community, but I had a lot of support from the people around me—I knew early on that I wanted to do the same for others.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In college, I started thinking about becoming a teacher—I drew on support and advice from my professors to help guide me in the right direction to reach that goal.
I earned both my master’s degree in intercultural communication and my doctorate in the anthropology of education from the University of Pennsylvania.
When I first started working at Arizona State University, I spent a couple of years observing people in various roles until I realized which jobs looked best for me.
I voiced my desire to work in specific roles and again found support from others—they helped me find appropriate training, explore different opportunities, and travel to meet leaders in the space.
I’ve been at ASU for over thirteen years now, where I’m the vice president of social advancement and a professor—I teach an introduction to justice class as well as classes in American Indian studies.
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High School
Political Science and Government, General
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Intercultural Communication
University of Pennsylvania
Anthropology of Education
University of Pennsylvania


President’s Professor & Vice President of Social Advancement

I teach about justice and American Indian studies and I lead social advancement at the University of Arizona.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Teaching / Mentoring

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

For my position, a college education is necessary, so you'll need to start thinking about that. It's also helpful to find mentors to help guide you along your path. And finally, a drive and desire to help other people is important.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Intercultural Communication
Anthropology of Education


The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"Being a professor is hard work. I'm not sure that you can do this. You're not studying or working hard enough."