In pursuit of a better understanding of race relations

Published: June 24th, 2008

Category: Spotlights

Katheryn Russell-Brown

Katheryn Russell-Brown

Professor of Law
Levin College of Law

Katheryn Russell-Brown is a professor of law and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Russell-Brown’s teaching, research and writing have been in the areas of criminal law, sociology of law, and race and crime. Her 1994 article, “The Constitutionality of Jury Override in Alabama Death Penalty Cases,” published in the Alabama Law Review, was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Harris v. Alabama.

Russell-Brown is the author of “Black Protectionism as a Civil Rights Strategy” (2005) and the book “Protecting Our Own: Race, Crime And African Americans.” She is also the author of two other books, “The Color of Crime” (1998) and “Underground Codes: Race, Crime, And Related Fires” (2004).

Russell-Brown taught criminology at the University of Maryland for 11 years. She also taught at Howard University and Alabama State University. She worked at the Southern Poverty Law Center as a legal intern, and she is a member of the American Bar Association and the American Society of Criminology.

She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley (1983), her law degree from the University of California Hastings Law School (1986) and her doctorate in criminology from the University of Maryland, College Park (1992).

Photo credit: Kristen Bartlett Grace — University Photography

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