About Christia Brown

Author, Researcher, Professor

Developmental Psychologist

Christia Spears Brown is an author, researcher, and professor of Developmental Psychology. She is also the Director of Center for Equality and Social Justice at the University of Kentucky. She earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. Brown began her academic career on the faculty of University of California at Los Angeles.

Her research focuses on how children develop gender and ethnic stereotypes, how children understand gender and ethnic discrimination, and how discrimination and stereotypes affect children and teens’ lives. As part of her research on  discrimination, she also examines the perpetration and acceptance of sexual harassment and how children understand politics, public policies, and societal inequalities.

In addition to peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, she has written several books, including one for an academic audience, Discrimination in Childhood and Adolescence, and one for parents, Parenting Beyond Pink and Blue, and co-edited the Wiley Handbook of Group Processes in Children and Adolescents. Her newest book is Unraveling Bias: How Prejudice Has Shaped Children for Generations and How to Break the Cycle


Dr. Brown is a highly sought after voice on child development, especially on issues about gender and race development, speaking with the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC and CBS News, Forbes, NPR, Washington Post and CNN. She regularly consults with media and toy companies. She conducts research and teaches classes in the Psychology Department at the University of Kentucky, speaks globally, and raises two awesome kids.

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