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Key Professional Appointments

Assistant Professor Educational Policy Studies & Gender and Women's Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2007 - present

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

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Education

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

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Awards, Honors, Associations

Outstanding Faculty Award for Service College of Education UIUC, 2015 - 2015

Award for Outstanding Faculty in Gender and Women’s Studies, UIUC 2012 - 2013

Outstanding Faculty Award UIUC Department of Gender and Women's Studies,, 2010 - 2010

Women of Color Leadership Project Participant National Women's Studies Association, 2007 - 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 - 2005

Visiting Researcher Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia University, 2003 - 2005

Research & Service

Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown is an associate professor in the Gender and Women’s Studies and Education Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies Departments at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. Her research documents, analyzes, and interrogates Black girls’ lived experiences as it intersects with cultural constructions of Black girlhood. Her first book, Black Girlhood Celebration: Toward A Hip Hop Feminist Pedagogy counters the invisibility of Black girls and the marginalization of Black girlhood in academic literature. Black Girlhood Celebration demonstrated how liberal assumptive frameworks of culture, society, and youth programming have contradictory implications for the type and quality of value assigned to Black girls’ lives. Her second book, Hear Our Truths: The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood, is an ethnographic account of the creative processes Black girls rely on to make intelligible the ways power, creativity, spirituality, memory, and performativity structure meanings of belonging. This book draws directly from her experiences in SOLHOT. SOLHOT (Saving Our Lives, Hear Our Truths), founded in 2006 by Ruth Nicole Brown, is a commitment by Brown in collaboration with the Champaign community to organizing 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.

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Publications

Brown, R. (2008) Black Girlhood Celebration: A Hip Hop Feminist Pedagogy: Peter Lang

Brown, R. (2007) Persephone's triumph: Reflections of a young black woman becoming a real political scientist Qualitative Inquiry 13 (5), 650-659

Brown, R. (2007) Remembering Maleesa: Theorizing black girl politics and the politicizing of socialization National Political Science Review 11, 121-136

Brown, R., & Desipio, L. (2007) Dianne Pinderhughes: A career dedicated to understanding the racial dynamics of American politics and to serving as an agent of change. Political Science & Politics, 203-238

Brown, R. (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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Presentations

“Conversation Circle on Hiphop Literacies” Sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research (NCTEAR*) (2013). The Ohio State University.

A Black girl remix: The SOLHOT mixtape revisited (2012).: Oakland, CA.

“What Are We Complicit in Asking Black Girls Not to Know: a SOLHOT Session” (2012).

Black Girlhood: The mixtape remix: A Hip-hop inspired read through performance. Performance methodology: Endangered Black Girls Instruction 301 (2012). University of Missouri: Columbia, Mo.

Girl talk: Creating empowering spaces for Black girls and learning the ropes: Black girlhood, identity and the power of play (2012).: Lexington, KY.

Saving our lives hear our truths: The creative potential of Black girlhood and Black girlhood celebration: A Book Chat (2012). University of South Carolina Upstate: Spartanburg, SC.

Saving our lives, hear our truths: The education of Black girls and women in community spaces (2012). Governor’s State University: University Park, IL.

Transcending pedagogical practices: Stage, performance, and community (2012). Imaging America: New York, NY.

“Black Feminisms as Critical Pedagogy: Engaging Power, Privilege, and Difference in the Classroom,” (2011). National Women’s Studies Association: Atlanta, GA.

“Re-imaging Black Girlhood and Critical Pedagogy: We are Saving Our Lives, Hear Our Truths,” (2011). American Educational Research Association: New Orleans, LA.

“The Politics of Doing Feminist Girls’ Media Studies,” (2011). National Communications Association: New Orleans, LA.

“Saving Our Lives Hear Our Truths: The Education of Black Girls and Women in Community Spaces,”.: University Park, IL.

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Grants

Principal Investigator Hardie Collaborative Stipend: Black Girlhood Celebration: Lessons from SOLHOT (Saving Our Lives, Hear Our Truths)!, Bureau of Educational Research, 2007 - 2008

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Service

Member AERA, 2007 - present

Member American Political Science Association,

Member Midwest Political Science Association,

Member National Conference of Black Political Scientists Association,

Member National Women's Studies Association,

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Courses

Identity and Difference in Edu Focuses on the role of identity in schooling and the way in which identity is socially constructed. Examine how power and privilege impact equity and opportunities based on socially constructed identities such as race, social class, gender, sexual identity, language, (dis)ability, and nationalism. Explore asset-based frameworks that are identity affirming and counter deficit-based perspectives. This course is designed for students interested in reflecting on their own experiences as learners by critically examining their socially constructed identities and "ways of knowing" and the societal implications of these experiences. It is also for those considering careers in teaching, and anyone interested in reflecting on how issues of inclusion, exclusion, power, and privilege play out in education. (Graduate candidates may take this course or approved graduate-level College of Education Educational Policy Studies Foundations Requirement course; undergraduates may take this or program-approved equivalent coursework).This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:Cultural Studies - US Minority

Black Feminism Seminar in educational policy studies; sections offered in the following fields: (a) history of education; (b) philosophy of education; (c) comparative education; (d) social foundations of education; (e) philosophy of educational research; and (f) historical methods in education. Course Information: May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.: (a) history of education; (b) philosophy of education; (c) comparative education; (d) social foundations of education; (e) philosophy of educational research; and (f) historical methods in education.

Black Girlhood Studies Seminar in educational policy studies; sections offered in the following fields: (a) history of education; (b) philosophy of education; (c) comparative education; (d) social foundations of education; (e) philosophy of educational research; and (f) historical methods in education. Course Information: May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.: (a) history of education; (b) philosophy of education; (c) comparative education; (d) social foundations of education; (e) philosophy of educational research; and (f) historical methods in education.

Ruth Nicole Brown

Associate Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Contact

Office

381 Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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