- Ph.D., Political Science, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, 2005
- M.A., Political Science & Women's Studies Certificate, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, 2000
- B.A., Political Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1998
Key Professional Appointments
- Assistant Professor, Educational Policy Studies & Gender and Women's Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2007--
- PostDoctoral Fellow, Gender and Women's Studies Program, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2006-2007
- PostDoctoral Fellow, African American Studies and Research Program, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2005-2006
Activities & Honors
- Member, American Political Science Association, - present
- Member, Midwest Political Science Association, - present
- Member, National Conference of Black Political Scientists Association, - present
- Member, National Women's Studies Association, - present
- Member, AERA, 2007- present
- Women of Color Leadership Project Participant, National Women's Studies Association, 2007-
- Award for Excellence in Arts-Based Research, Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop on Narrative Theory and Methods, University of Michigan, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, 2005-
- Visiting Researcher, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia University, 2003-2005
Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown is a dynamic writer, researcher, performer, mentor and instructor. She is an assistant professor in the Gender and Women’s Studies and Educational Policy Studies Departments at the
In addition to her commitments as an academic scholar, Dr. Brown also works with university students and community residents to co-organize, Saving Our Lives, Hear Our Truths (Solhot). Solhot is a “space” dedicated to the celebration of Black girlhood in all of its complexity. As a critical method of civic engagement, Solhot is a creative cutting-edge application of Dr. Brown’s studied and research interventions in Black Girls’ Studies and Hip Hop Feminism.
Through her extensive training in art-based methodologies, Dr. Brown’s research is interdisciplinary.
As a writer, she produces plays, performance texts, photo-performance exhibits, books, and journal articles to document the lived experiences of Black girls in the
- Principal Investigator, Hardie Collaborative Stipend: Black Girlhood Celebration: Lessons from SOLHOT (Saving Our Lives, Hear Our Truths)!, Bureau of Educational Research, 2007-2008
- Brown, Ruth Nicole. (2008). Black Girlhood Celebration: A Hip Hop Feminist Pedagogy. Peter Lang.
- Brown, R. N., & Desipio, L. (2007). Dianne Pinderhughes: A career dedicated to understanding the racial dynamics of American politics and to serving as an agent of change. PS: Political Science & Politics, 203-238.
- Brown, R. N. (2007). Remembering Maleesa: Theorizing black girl politics and the politicizing of socialization. National Political Science Review, 11, 121-136.
- Brown, R. N. (2007). Persephone's triumph: Reflections of a young black woman becoming a real political scientist. Qualitative Inquiry, 13(5), 650-659.
- Brown, R. N. (2006). Mentoring on the borderlands: Creating empowering connections between adolescent girls and young women volunteers. Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge, IV, 105-122.
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