Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of African and African American Studies
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Kenly Brown’s current research explores how Black girls survive interpersonal and institutional violence while enrolled in a northern California continuation school. Drawing upon 1000+ hours of fieldwork, including participant observation and direct observation, semi-structured interviews, and informal conversations, she argues Black girlhood is a critical site of inquiry to understand how racism, oppression, and power function in society and particularly in alternative schooling. In addition, Brown is a researcher in the Justice Interaction Lab funded by William T. Grant Foundation (PI: Nikki Jones and Co-PI: Geoffrey Raymond) where we analyze video recordings of police-civilian encounters where she examines how seemingly color-blind biases act as vehicles for constructing and maintaining spatial and racial inequality. Brown has published and worked with scholars across fields including Black girlhood studies, Black Studies, gender and women studies, and sociology.