Katheryn Russell-Brown is the Chesterfield Smith 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. Professor Russell-Brown received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, her law degree from the University of California, Hastings and her Ph.D. in criminology from the University of Maryland.
Prior to joining the University of Florida law faculty in 2003, Professor Russell-Brown taught in the Criminology and Criminal Justice department at the University of Maryland for 11 years. She has been a visiting law professor at American University and the City University of New York (CUNY). She has been a lecturer at Howard University and her first teaching position was at Alabama State University.
Professor Russell-Brown teaches, researches, and writes on issues of race and crime and the sociology of law. Her article, "The Constitutionality of Jury Override in Alabama Death Penalty Cases," was cited in the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Harris v. Alabama
In 2009, Professor Russell-Brown was awarded a Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship. Her project focused on ways to integrate criminal justice issues into the elementary education curriculum.
Professor Russell-Brown’s books include Criminal Law
(SAGE, 2015) an undergraduate textbook, The Color of Crime
, 2d edition (New York University Press, 2009), Protecting Our Own: Race, Crime and African Americans,
Rowman and Littlefield (2006), and Underground Codes: Race, Crime, and Related Fires
(New York University Press, 2004). Her first children’s book is Little Melba and Her Big Trombone
, a picture book biography (Lee & Low, 2014).
Professor Russell-Brown’s scholarship can be found on:
Ph.D., University of Maryland; J.D., University of California - Hastings; B.A., University of California - Berkeley
Teaching and Scholarship
- Race and Crime, Sociology of Law, Criminal Law
- University of Florida: Joined College of Law in 2003 as Professor and Director, Center for Study of Race and Race Relations.
- University of Maryland: Criminology and Criminal Justice Department: Associate Professor (1998 - 2003), Director of Undergraduate Studies (1998-2002), Assistant Professor (1992-98).
- Previous Academic Experience: American University School of Law, Visiting Associate Professor (1997); City University of New York (CUNY) Law School, Visiting Associate Professor (1994); Howard University, Instructor (1991); Alabama State University, Assistant Professor (1987-89).