Keffrelyn Brown

Keffrelyn Brown

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies in Education

Curriculum and Instruction


Office & Hours:
by appointment

Office: SZB 528A

(512) 232-4257

(512) 471-8460

Courses of Instruction
EDC 385G Cultural Knowledge of Teachers and Teaching
EDC 380 SOciocultural Foundations
EDC 385G Education in Contemporary Black America
ALD 327/ AFR 374D Sociocultural Influences on Learning
UGS 302 Representations of Teachers and Teaching in the Media

Mailing Address
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
The University of Texas at Austin
1912 Speedway Stop
Austin, TX 78712-1293
UT Mail Code: D5700


Keffrelyn D. Brown (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is an Associate Professor of Cultural Studies in Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She is also the Elizabeth Glenadine Gibb Teaching Fellow in Education and holds a faculty appointment in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies and the Center for Women and Gender Studies. Her research and teaching focuses on the sociocultural knowledge of race in teaching and curriculum, critical multicultural teacher education and the educational discourses and intellectual thought related to African Americans and their educational experiences in the U.S.

Keffrelyn has published over 40 books, journal articles, book chapters and other educational texts. She serves on the editorial boards for several well-recognized peer-reviewed journals including Teachers College Record, Race, Ethnicity and Education, Teaching and Teacher Education and Urban Education. Keffrelyn has received recognition for both her research and teaching. In 2013 she was awarded the Kappa Delta Pi/Division K Early Career Research Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She is also the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and the Wisconsin-Spencer Foundation Research Training Grant. 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.

Keffrelyn is active in the multiple roles she has as a researcher, scholar and teacher educator at the local, state and national levels. As a former elementary and middle school teacher, school administrator, and curriculum developer, Keffrelyn is keen to the everyday challenges of schooling. She continually seeks to produce scholarship that is theoretically robust, empirically rich and both responsive and relevant to practice in teaching, curriculum and teacher education.


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

Ed.M., Learning and Teaching, Harvard Graduate School of Education

B.S., Political Science and Psychology, University of Houston

Representative Publications

Grant, C. A., Brown, K. D. & Brown, A. L. (2015). Black intellectual thought in education: The missing traditions of Anna Julia Cooper, Carter G. Woodson and Alain LeRoy Locke. New York: Routledge.

King, L. & Brown, K.D. (2014). Once a year to be Black: Fighting against typical Black history month pedagogies. Negro Review, 65(1-4), 23-43.

Brown, K.D. (2014). Teaching in color: Race, sociocultural knowledge and the preparation of teachers in the U.S. Race, Ethnicity and Education, 17(3), 326-345.

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. (2013). The love that takes a toll: Exploring race and the pedagogy of fear in researching teachers and teaching. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 26(2), 139-157.

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. (2012). Trouble on my mind: Toward a framework of humanizing critical sociocultural knowledge for teaching and teacher education. Race Ethnicity and Education, 16(3), 316-338.

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.

Brown, K.D. (2011). Breaking the cycle of Sisyphus: Social education and the acquisition of critical sociocultural knowledge about race and racism in the U.S. The Social Studies, 102(6), 1-6.

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

Kappa Delta Pi and American Educational Research Association Division K Early Research Award (AERA), 2013

University of Texas Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award, 2012

John L. Warfield Faculty Teaching Award, Warfield Center for African and African American Studies (WCAAAS), The University of Texas, 2011

Research Interests and Expertise

Sociocultural knowledge of race in teaching and curriculum

Critical multicultural teaching and teacher education

Black/ African American experiences in school and society in the U.S.

Black/ African American intellectual thought in education