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“Education must not simply teach work - it must teach life”

― W.E.B. Du Bois



Gone Home

(2018) Race and Roots through Appalachia"

UNC Press

The Sociology of W.E.B. Du Bois

(2020) Racialized Modernity and the Global Color Line

"The New Pragmatist Sociology"

(2020) Brown, Karida L. and Luna Vincent, “American Pragmatism and the Dilemma of the Negro”, in Isaac Reed, Neil Gross, and Christopher Winship eds. Agency, Inquiry,
and Democracy: The New Pragmatist Social Science.
Columbia University Press

"Sociological Forum"

Itzigsohn, José and Karida L. Brown. (2021) “The Sociology of W.E.B. Du Bois”. Sociological Forum, DOI: 10.1111/socf.12691

"The Register"

Brown, Karida L. (2020) Review of Anthony Harkins and Meredith McCarroll, Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy, The Register of the Kentucky
Historical Society, Vol. 118, No. 1

"Ethnic and Racial Studies Review"

Brown, Karida L. (2020) Review of William Joe Trotter, Jr., Workers on Arrival: Black Labor in the Making of America, Ethnic and Racial Studies

"Southern Cultures"

Brown, Karida L. (2019) “A Traveler’s Tale” Southern Cultures, 25(4): 6-15, 25th Anniversary Special Issue: Here/Away

"The Food We Eat, the Stories We Tell"

Brown, Karida L. (2019) “Gardens of Eden: Affrilachian Foodways in Harlan County.” The Food We Eat, The Stories We Tell: Contemporary Appalachian Tables, The Ohio State University Press

"Ethical and Racial Studies Review"

Brown, Karida L. (2019) “What I Learned from this Book I Wrote: A Rejoinder” Ethnic and Racial Studies Symposium, 42(13): 2339-2347, DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2019.1627381

​"Ethical and Racial Studies Review"

Brown, Karida L. (2018) Review of Marcus Anthony Hunter and Zandria F. Robinson, Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American Life, Ethnic and Racial Studies Symposium
42 (3): 1-7

"The New Black Sociologists"

Brown, Karida L. (2018) “A Love Letter to Black Graduate Students.” The New Black Sociologist. Routledge Press

"Sociology of Race & Ethnicity"

Itzigsohn, José and Brown, Karida L. (2017) “Souls of Black Folk” [Book Review] Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, 4(1): 162-163.

"American Journal of Cultural Sociology"

Brown, Karida L. (2016) “The Hidden Injuries of School Desegregation” American Journal of Cultural Sociology, 4(2): 196-220.

"Southern Cultures"

Brown, Karida L. (2016) “On the Participatory Archive: An ethnography of the Eastern Kentucky African American Migration Project” Southern Cultures 22(1): 113-127, Special issue: Documentary Arts

"Du Bois Review"

Brown, Karida L., Murphy, Michael, and
Apollonya Porcelli. (2016) “Ruin's Progeny: Race, Environment and Appalachia's Coal Camp Blacks" Du Bois Review special issue: Race and Environmental Equity.

"Du Bois Review"

Itzigsohn, José and Brown, Karida L. (2015) “Sociology and the Theory of Double Consciousness: W. E. B. Du Bois’ Phenomenology of Racialized Subjectivity” Du Bois Review 12(2): 231-248.

I am an historical and cultural sociologist whose research interests are centered on origin stories of race, racialization, and racism.

In addition to my published works, I am currently working on three books:


(1) a children’s book anthology inspired by W.E.B. Du Bois’s children’s magazine, The Brownies Book. This revived book version, co-edited with Charly Palmer, titled The Brownies Book: A Love Letter to Black Families, is forthcoming with Chronicle Books in 2023


(2) a global examination of the historical origins of racially segregated education systems and its lasting legacies on Black education in this current era of diversity, equity, and inclusion


(3) a biography of the extraordinary life and work of Shirley Graham Du Bois

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