Kimberly Williams Brown, M.S., M.A., PHR, Ph.D.
I am an Assistant Professor of Education and steering committee member for Africana Studies at Vassar College. I am also a member of the Forced Migration Steering Committee and the Women’s Studies program. I have a Ph.D. from Syracuse University in Cultural Foundations of Education, and Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Psychology from Concord University, Master’s degrees in Human Resource Management (University of Charleston) and Communication and Rhetorical Studies (Syracuse University), a certificate in Women and Gender Studies (Syracuse University) and the Professionals in Human Resources certification.
My scholarly areas of interest are immigration/migration studies, women’s and gender studies, Black Caribbean studies and intergroup dialogue. Specifically, my research and writings have focused on critical feminist studies particularly in decolonial feminist theories, Black feminist theories, transnational feminist theories, Indigenous feminisms and Caribbean feminist theories; critical race theory; Indigeneity and Blackness and critical methodological inquiry. A forthcoming manuscript will pull much of my writings and intellectual interests together in a project tentatively titled Afro-Caribbean Women Teachers: Race, Transnational Labor and Decolonial Diasporic Resistance.
I have taught a wide variety of courses in Education including EDUC/WMST 288 Rethinking Gender in Education; EDUC 184 Intergroup Dialogue on Race and Gender; EDUC 235 Contemporary Issues in Education; EDUC 210 The British Afro/Indo Caribbean; EDUC 211 Intergroup Dialogue on Race and Migration; EDUC 263 The adolescent in society; EDUC/URBS 373 adolescent literacy; EDUC 392 multidisciplinary methods in Education; EDUC/AFRS/URBS 255 Race, Representation and Resistance; EDUC 384 Senior Seminar Abolitionist Teaching and Research in Education; Courses in Women’s studies – Introduction to Women and Gender Studies, and Advanced seminar in decolonial theory.
Prior to transitioning to my Ph.D. program, I spent eight years in higher education administration in both residence life and multicultural affairs, developing selection, training and mentoring programs for students and professional staff members. I was a POSSE mentor for Students from Atlanta, GA. I co-founded the Intergroup Dialogue Collective at Vassar College and teach an anti-racist class to teachers in the Poughkeepsie and Arlington School Districts.