Keffrelyn Brown

Keffrelyn Brown

Associate Professor

Cultural Studies in Education


Office & Hours

Office: SZB 528A

(512) 232-4257

(512) 471-8460

Courses of Instruction
Undergraduate Course:
ALD 327/AFR 374D Sociocultural Influences on Learning

Graduate Courses:
EDC 385G Cultural Knowledge of Teachers and Teaching
EDC 385G Qualitative Research in Educational Settings
EDC 380F Sociocultural Foundations

Mailing Address
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
The University of Texas at Austin
1912 Speedway Stop D5700
Austin, TX 78712-0379
UT Mail Code: D5700


Keffrelyn is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Fellow in the Lawrence & Stel Marie Lowman College of Education Endowed Excellence Fund. She holds a primary appointment in the Cultural Studies in Education area. She completed a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as holds an Ed.M. in Learning and Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.S. double major in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Houston. Keffrelyn is a former elementary and middle school teacher, school administrator, and curriculum developer. Her research and teaching interests concern the sociocultural knowledge of teaching, multicultural teacher education and educational discourses related to African American students. `

Keffrelyn has published thirty journal articles, book chapters and other educational texts. She serves on the editorial boards for Teachers College Record, Race, Ethnicity and Education, Teaching and Teacher Education and Urban Education. She is the recipient of numerous research scholarships, grants and fellowships, including the Wisconsin-Spencer Foundation Research Training Grant and the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. Both Keffrelyn's research and teaching have been recognized.  She is the recipient of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Kappa Delta Pi/Division K Early Career Research Award in 2013.  In 2012 she received the Regent's Outstanding Teaching award, the highest teaching honor given for excellence in undergraduate teaching across the University of Texas system. She was also selected as one of the Top 25 Texas Education Professors by Online Schools Texas.  Keffrelyn is an associate professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies (by courtesy) and an affiliate faculty member in the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies (WCAAAS) and the Center for Women's and Gender Studies (CWGS).


Ph.D Curriculum & Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Representative Publications

Brown, K. D. & Goldstein, L. (2013). Preservice teachers' understandings of competing notions of academic achievement co-existing in post-NCLB public schools. Teachers College Record, 115(1), 1-37.

Brown, K. D. (2012). Trouble on my mind: Toward a framework of humanizing critical sociocultural knowledge for teaching and teacher education.  Race, Ethnicity and Education.

Brown, K. D. (2012/ifirst version). The love that takes a toll: Exploring race and the pedagogy of fear in researching teachers and teaching. International Journal for Qualitative Studies in Education, 1-19.

Heilig, J., Brown, K.D., & Brown, A. L. (2012).  Illusion of inclusion: A critical race theory textual analysis of race and standards.  Harvard Educational Review, 82(3), 403-424.

Brown, K. D. & Brown, A. L.  (2012).  Useful and dangerous discourse: Deconstructing racialized knowledge about the African American student. Journal of Educational Foundations, 26(1-2), 11-26.

Kraehe, A. & Brown, K. D.  (2011).  Awakening teachers’ capacities for social justice with/in arts-based inquires. Equity and Excellence in Education, 44(4), 1-24

Brown, K. D.  (2011). Elevating the role of race in ethnographic research: Navigating race relations in the field.  Ethnography and Education, 6(1), 95-109.

Brown, K. D. & Kraehe A. (2011).  Sociocultural Knowledge and Visual Re (-) presentations of Black Masculinity and Community: Reading The Wire for Critical Multicultural Teacher Education.  Race, Ethnicity and Education, 14(1), 73-89.

Brown, A. L. & Brown, K. D. (2010).  Strange fruit indeed: Interrogating contemporary textbook representations of racial violence towards African Americans.  Teachers College Record, 112(1), 31-67.

Brown, K. D. (2010). Is this what we want them to say?  Examining the tensions in what pre-service teachers say about risk and academic achievement. Teaching and Teacher Education, 26(4), 1077-1087.

Brown, K. D. & Brown, A. L. (2010). Silenced memories: An examination of the sociocultural knowledge on race and racial violence in official school curriculum. Equity and Excellence in Education, 43(2), 139-154.

Brown, K. D. & Kraehe, A. (2010). The complexities of teaching the complex:  Examining how future educators construct understandings of sociocultural knowledge and schooling.  Educational Studies, 46(1), 91-115.

Brown, K. D. & Kraehe, A. (2010). When you only have one class, one chance: Acquiring sociocultural knowledge using eclectic case pedagogy.  Teaching Education, 21(3), 313-328.

Recent Awards

  • Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.  The University of Texas.  2012.
  • John L. Warfield Faculty Teaching Award.  John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies (WCAAAS).  The University of Texas at Austin.  2011.

Research Interests and Expertise

~ multicultural (teacher) education
~ sociocultural knowledge
~ African American students
~ curriculum theory/studies