Kendrick Brown

Social Psychology


Kendrick Brown focuses on how individuals negotiate systematic biases, in particular racism, to establish or maintain connections within and between social status groups. Dr. Brown has conducted research on the effects of skin tone bias (treating others differently because of the shade of their skin color) on African American psychological well-being, how White American student-athletes’ racial attitudes are shaped by their interactions with teammates of color, and dominant group attitudes toward policies intended to address racial inequalities in the United States and European Union nations. Currently, Dr. Brown is investigating how people of color perceive allies (individuals dedicated to addressing racism in the United States). His work indicates that people of color see allies differently than how allies see themselves and that people of color see allies as distinctly different from activists. Dr. Brown teaches Understanding and Confronting Racism and has also taught Research in Psychology I and II, Directed Research, Social Psychology, Psychology of Multiculturalism, and African American Psychology.

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

Selected publications

Brown, K.T., & Ostrove, J.M. (2013). What does it mean to be an ally?: The perception of allies from the perspective of people of color. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43 (11), 2211-2222.

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.