Kendrick Brown

Kendrick Brown

Associate Professor
Social Psychology

Associate Dean of Faculty, Provost
Weyerhaeuser Hall, 217
Telephone: 651-696-6036
Associate Professor, Psychology
Olin-Rice Science Center, 322
Telephone: 651-696-6461

Learning about diversity issues, particularly focusing on systematic biases such as racism, often exposes people to a variety of different theoretical and personal perspectives. Dr. Kendrick Brown has conducted research indicating that one's definition of "racism" often changes from the start to the end of a semester when a person takes a course focused on racism. In particular, individuals significantly increase their mention of power as an important component of racism by the end of a course. So, increased awareness of the power dimension of systematic bias can result from learning about diversity issues.

Kendrick Brown is a social psychologist whose research addresses the expression and consequences of racial prejudice and discrimination for dominant and subordinate groups in the United States. He teaches social psychology, understanding and confronting racism, and psychology of multiculturalism.

  • BA: Mount Union College (now University of Mount Union)
  • MA: University of Michigan
  • PhD: University of Michigan

Selected publications

Brown, K.T. (2004). The power of perception: Skin tone bias and psychological well-being for Black Americans. In G. Philogene (Ed.),  Racial Identity in Context: The Legacy of Kenneth B. Clark  (pp. 111-123). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Brown, K.T., Brown, T.N., Jackson, J.S., Manuel, W.J. & Sellers, R.M. (2003). Teammates on and off the field?: Interracial contact and the racial attitudes of White intercollegiate student-athletes.  Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 33 (7),  1379-1403.