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Wait, How Many Degrees Does RHOP’s Wendy Osefo Hold?

Dr. Wendy Osefo is one educated lady and The Real Housewives of Potomac cast member has an impressive list of degrees to prove it.

By Jill Sederstrom
Wendy Osefo wearing a purple dress at an event.

This Housewife has brains and beauty. 

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The Real Housewives of Potomac’s Dr. Wendy Osefo holds a staggering four different degrees, proving there's not much this smart and savvy professor can't do. Wendy has been busy racking up the educational accolades for years and has quite the impressive resume to prove it. 

According to the bio on her website, her post-secondary education began at Temple University, where Wendy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.

The mom of three went on to get her Master of Arts degree in government from Johns Hopkins University — the same university where Wendy is now an assistant professor in the Doctor of Education program. 

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What kind of doctor is Wendy from Potomac?

Wendy picked up another master’s degree (this time a Master of Science) in public affairs from Rutgers University, before earning a final ground-breaking degree. In 2016, Wendy became the first black woman to earn a PhD from Rutgers University in Public-Affairs Community Development, according to her website.

Wendy Osefo of the Real Housewives of Potomac.

Wendy Osefo’s Career 

It’s clear Wendy doesn’t do anything half-way and the same pursuit of excellence she embraced while earning her degrees is also on full display in her career as she juggles being a political commentator, college professor, researcher, and founder of the 1954 Equity Project. 

Wendy is helping to shape other young minds as an assistant professor in the Doctor of Education program at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, where she also conducts research.

Her research examines how race and class influence the learning, achievement, and educational trajectories of non-dominant students in schools and community settings, and explores the intersections between race, equity, and underserved student groups in K-12 and postsecondary learning communities,” the university explained on its website.

Wendy even took a moment to publicly celebrate her student’s accomplishments last year, posting a heartfelt message to the May 2022 graduates. 

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“Today, my students graduated with their doctorate degree from THE Johns Hopkins School of Education and I could not be prouder. I am beyond honored to have been a part of their academic journey!!” she wrote on Instagram while offering her congratulations. “Be proud of your accomplishments because YOU EARNED IT.” 

When she isn’t in the classroom, Wendy often lends her insight as a progressive political commentator, appearing on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC, BBC, HLN, The Steve Harvey Show and more.

She offers a breadth of experience, having once served as the Director of Family and Community Engagement for the Obama Administration’s Antipoverty Initiative and the signature program for the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, DC Promise Neighborhood.

Wendy is also the founder and CEO of 1954 Equity Project. As she explained on her website, the organization provides “navigational capital” for underserved students to thrive in university settings.

Wendy Osefo at WWHL.

What do her students think about her time on RHOP? 

Wendy may be able to dish out the drama on RHOP, but just what do her students think of the sometimes heated antics of the reality show? 

Wendy told Business Insider in March she keeps her professional life separate from her social life that plays out on RHOP. 

"I've had one or two faculty members who have said, 'My niece loves you on the show.' But outside of that, I am Dr. Wendy when I am teaching,” she said. “My students have never brought it up. They've never asked for insider information."

The Real Housewives of Potomac returns for Season 8 with a supersized premiere on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo. Episodes will be available to stream the next day on Peacock.

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