Carolyn Brennan, Ph.D.

She/her/hers, Associate Professor Early Childhood Education


Carolyn (Carrie) Brennan is an associate professor of early childhood education at Western Washington University. She began her career as a toddler teacher in a Reggio Emelia inspired classroom and now teaches courses focused on socially just approaches to working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families. Her research looks at early childhood teacher preparation, is informed (with gratitude) by feminisms of color, and focuses on relationships and power in the classroom, the role of teacher self-reflection, and strategies for supporting developing teachers.

Carolyn earned a PhD in Learning Sciences & Human Development from the University of Washington and an advanced nursing certificate in infant mental health from the Barnard Center for Infant Mental Health.