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Marlee Bunch

Staff K-12 Initiatives, Office of the Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Marlee Bunch is an interdisciplinary educator, author, researcher, and lifelong learner. Her research examines the oral histories of Black female educators in Hattiesburg, Mississippi who taught between 1954-1971, and the implications that desegregation had on their lives and careers.

She received her doctoral degree from the University of Illinois in 2022 in Education/Policy/Organizational Leadership. Additionally, she has a Masters in Education (MEd), a Masters in Gifted Education (MS), a Bachelors in English, a certification in Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, and a certification in ESL (English as a Second Language).

Bunch has been an educator for 17+ years, and is the founder of the un/Hush teaching framework. You can learn more about her work at or


  • –present
    Staff Member K-12 Initiatives, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  • 2022 
    University of Illinois, Doctoral Degree Education Leadership