Christia Spears Brown is an author, researcher, and professor of Developmental Psychology. She is also the Director of Center for Equality and Social Justice at the University of Kentucky. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. Brown began her academic career on the faculty of University of California at Los Angeles.
Her research focuses on how children develop gender and ethnic stereotypes, how children understand gender and ethnic discrimination, how discrimination and stereotypes affect children and teens’ academic lives. As part of her research on gender discrimination, she also examines the perpetration and acceptance of sexual harassment among adolescents. Her research has been funded by the Foundation for Child Development.
In addition to peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, she has written two books, one for an academic audience, Discrimination in Childhood and Adolescence, and one for parents, Parenting Beyond Pink and Blue, and co-edited the Wiley Handbook of Group Processes in Children and Adolescents. She is an Associate Editor of Journal of Adolescent Research.