Director Named for UF Law Center for Race & Race Relations
University of Maryland Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice Katheryn Russell-Brown has been named director of the Levin College of Law Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations (CSRRR).
“We conducted a very thorough national search to find someone with Katheryn’s unique combination of scholarship and leadership,” said Dean Jon Mills. “She not only has strong academic credentials, she possesses the ability to foster unity and understanding across campus and throughout the state. I believe she will deepen our knowledge of racial issues and help us develop strategies for the future.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity to continue and elevate the important but challenging local, national, and global conversation on race,” said Russell-Brown. “UF’s law school offers an intellectually rigorous and welcoming environment for this work.”
The first of its kind at a Southern law school, the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations seeks to promote racial understanding, interracial dispute resolution, racial equality and racial healing, and to influence public policy through university, local, state and national projects. It also brings guest speakers to campus and hosts state and national conferences, such as the “Rhyme, Rhetoric and Race” conference in Gainesville March 27-28.
“Katheryn Russell-Brown is superbly qualified to lead CSRRR,” said Search Committee member Barbara Bennett Woodhouse, David H. Levin Chair in Family Law, director of the Center on Children and the Law and co-director of the Institute for Child and Adolescent Research and Evaluation.
“We were looking for a person of vision and versatility – but we never dreamed we could find a lawyer, scholar, teacher, sociologist, mentor and administrator wrapped up in one. Katheryn is truly a renaissance woman and we were lucky to find her,” said Woodhouse.
Russell-Brown is the author of two books, The Color of Crime and the forthcoming Underground Codes: Race, Crime, and Related Fires, both published by New York University Press. 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 (1995).
She received her B.A. (Legal Studies) from the University of California-Berkeley, J.D. from the University of California Hastings Law School and Ph.D. (Criminology) from the University of Maryland. Her teaching, research and writing have been in the areas of criminal law, sociology of law and race and crime. In addition to her 11 years at Maryland, she has taught at the American University School of Law, City University of New York (CUNY) Law School, Howard University and Alabama State University. She previously worked at the Southern Poverty Law Center as a legal intern. She is a member of the American Society of Criminology, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and American Bar Association.