Kenly Brown graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in Sociology and minor in Political Science. She went on to pursue a doctorate in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) where she developed research interests in race, gender, and juvenile justice. Kenly earned an M.A. in Sociology from UCSB in 2013. Her Master’s thesis looked at the participation and transformation of justice-involved and high-risk youth in a cognitive-based mentoring program. In January 2014, she transferred to the University of California, Berkeley as a first year doctoral student in the Department of African American Studies with her advisor, Dr. Nikki Jones.
Kenly’s current work examines how perceptions of Black girls and exclusionary forms of discipline (like suspension and expulsion) sanctioned against them are informed by the intersectionality of race, gender, and class.
Kenly has published an encyclopedic co-authored piece with Dr. Joanne Belknap, in Sexual Violence and Abuse: An Encyclopedia of Prevention, Impacts, and Recovery on false rape allegations. She also published a co-authored encyclopedia entry on women of color in the development of feminist theories with Dr. Hillary Potter, in the Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice.