Tianca Crocker

Tianca Crocker

Tianca Crocker is a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work and recipient of a 2012-13 Michael R. Daley Endowed Presidential Scholarship.  While advancing toward candidacy, Crocker continues to pursue research related to value structures and measures of well-being among marginalized populations, the evaluation of social service delivery systems, and the intergenerational effectiveness of market- and technology-based anti-poverty strategies.  Prior to entering the doctoral program, Crocker worked as a project manager at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, DC.   Her earlier experiences include state-level public health planning for disparate populations with chronic health conditions.  Crocker has also served in several capacities in the field of child welfare; including program administration, compliance, and target marketing.    Crocker holds a BA in African-American and African Studies from the University of Virginia and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree with a concentration in Social Change and Leadership from George Mason University, where she was awarded the 2008 award for Outstanding Thesis in Social Work.  She is also a member of the Society for Social Work and Research, International Black Doctoral Network Association, and National Association of Social Workers.

Professional Interests

Policy interventions, consumerism, health determinants, measures of economic well-being, technoculture, program evaluation, multi-method research


  • MS, George Mason University
  • BA, University of Virginia



Mailing Address

The University of Texas
School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78712-0358