Dr. Jacqueline Brown is an associate professor and undergraduate advisor in the Department of Anthropology at Hunter College. Some of the courses she teaches include The Anthropology of Black America, Cultural Diversity in the U.S., and The Anthropology of Race. She serves on the Academic Senate and the Curriculum Committee and actively mentors students in various fellowship programs.
As an alumna of Hunter College, Dr. Brown developed a love of academia and an appreciation for how transformative the classroom can be. Returning to Hunter College to participate in the education of thousands of students has been one of her proudest moments. Before returning to Hunter, Dr. Brown taught at Emory University and the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she received an Excellence in Teaching award. She is deeply committed to teaching students the value of understanding their society and the rest of the world through an anthropological lens. Dr. Brown finds inspiration in the opportunity to interact with and learn from people of all ages and backgrounds as they navigate the crucial social institution we call college.
Dr. Brown's research concerns the intersection of race, place and nation as axes of power and identity in the U.S. and the UK, as is highlighted in her first book, Dropping Anchor, Setting Sail: Geographies of Race in Black Liverpool. She is also interested in diaspora—or the transnational dimensions of culture and identity—in the Black Atlantic. Dr. Brown's current book project examines the politics of New York City exceptionalism or the view that the city is totally unique within the U.S., addressing questions like how is the category of the New Yorker culturally constructed, what role does race play in these dynamics and how do these politics play out in everyday life?