Tony N. Brown


Areas of Interest: 
Critical Race Theory; Health Disparities; Race and Racism; Sociology of Mental Health; Survey Design and Methods.

Bio: 
As a critical race theorist, I investigate how racism works, from the womb to the tomb, to disadvantage blacks and privilege whites. Mechanisms of racism include interactions across interpersonal, institutional, and cultural levels, implicating the mundane and extraordinary in the maintenance of white supremacy. In my quantitative research, I avoid attempting to explain away the race coefficient, instead highlighting heterogeneity within black populations thereby demonstrating that race is socially constructed and represents shared experiences, attitudes, and beliefs. Using survey data from community-based samples, I am currently examining the mental health significance of racial discrimination, the social construction of race in Brazil, race socialization during childhood, the epidemiology of racial trauma, the psychological wages of whiteness, and culturally-specific conceptualizations of mental health. I have secured funding from various federal agencies to support my program for research.

I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and completed postdoctoral training at Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. Before joining Rice University in 2016, I was tenured in the sociology department at Vanderbilt University. While there, I co-edited the American Sociological Review, served as the inaugural Faculty Head of Hank Ingram House in the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, and held appointments in numerous departments and programs across the main and medical campuses.

Recent Publications:
Brown, Tony N., Heather Hensman Kettrey, and Ebony M. Duncan. Forthcoming. “Relative Deprivation and Perceived Inefficacy of the Civil Rights Movement and of Black Elected Officials.” Social Science Quarterly.

Brown, Tony N., R. Jay Turner, and Thomas R. Moore. Forthcoming. “Associations between Allostatic Load and Self-Report Health Measures in a Community Epidemiologic Study.” Health Sociology Review. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14461242.2016.1184989

Brown, Tony N., Ebony M. Duncan, and Heather Hensman Kettrey. Forthcoming. “Black Consciousness and Its Relationship to Perceived Inefficacy of the Civil Rights Movement and of Black Elected Officials.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2332649216651282


Tony N. Brown
Professor Ph.D. University of Michigan

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