Christia Spears Brown
My research, as part of the Children at Risk Research Cluster, examines children who are at academic, psychological, and social risk because of social inequality.
Specifically, my research focuses on 4 themes. First, I examine children’s and adolescents’ perceptions of gender and racial/ethnic discrimination. We have conducted studies about perceptions of discrimination by teachers and coaches (Brown & Bigler, 2004; Brown, 2006), and studies about sexual harassment experienced by girls (Leaper & Brown, 2008). I have more recently focused on discrimination faced by immigrant children and their parents, funded by the Foundation for Child Development and UK Center for Poverty Research (Brown & Chu, in press). In addition, we are currently conducting a study examining the sexual harassment and the sexual objectification of middle school girls.
Second, I examine the development of gender and racial/ethnic identity. We are especially interested in ways in which the school context affect this development (Brown et al., 2011; Manago, Brown, & Leaper, 2009; Turner & Brown, 2007).
Third, I examine the development of gender and racial/ethnic stereotypes. I have examined children’s stereotypes about immigrants (Brown, 2011) and children’s stereotypes about typical boys and girls. As part of this focus, we also look at ways to reduce stereotypes among children (Aboud & Brown, 2011).
Finally, we examine how children understand social inequality. For example, with Prof. Rashmita Mistry, we have studied how children understand the overlap between race and poverty (Brown, Mistry, & Bigler, 2007).
- Brown, C. S. & Chu, H.* (in press). Discrimination, ethnic identity, and academic outcomes of Mexican immigrant children: The importance of school context. Child Development.
- Leaper, C., Farkas, T.*, & Brown, C. S. (in press). Adolescent girls' experiences and gender-related beliefs in relation to their self-concepts in math/science and English. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
- Brown, C. S. (2011). Legal issues surrounding single-sex schools: Trends, court cases, and conflicting laws. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research.
- Brown, C. S. (2011). Elementary school children's attitudes about immigrants, immigration, and being an American. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 32, 109-117.
- Brown, C. S., Alabi, B.*, Hyunh, V.*, & Masten, C.* (2011). Ethnicity and gender in late childhood and early adolescence: Group identity and awareness of bias. Developmental Psychology, 47,463-471.
- Brown, C. S., & Leaper, C. (2010). Latina and European American girls' experiences with academic sexism and their self-concepts in mathematics and science during adolescence. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 63, 860-870.
- Brown, C. S., Bigler, R. S., & Chu, H.*(2010). An experimental study of the correlates and consequences of perceiving oneself to be the target of gender discrimination. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 107, 100-117.
- Masten, C. L.*, Gillen-O’Neel, C.*, & Brown, C. S. (2010). Children's intergroup empathic processing: The roles of novel ingroup identification, situational distress, and social anxiety. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 106, 115-128.
- Brown, C. S., Spatzier, A.*, & Tobin, M.* (2010). Variability in the intergroup attitudes of White children: What we can learn from their ethnic identity labels. Social Development, 19, 758-778.
- Manago, A.*, Brown, C.S., & Leaper, C. (2009). Feminist identity among Latina adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Research, 24, 750-776.
- Leaper, C., & Brown, C. S. (2008). Experiences with sexism and feminist awareness among adolescent girls. Child Development, 79, 685-704.
- Brown, C. S., Mistry, R. S., & Bigler, R. S. (2007). Hurricane Katrina: Children’s perceptions of race, class, and government involvement amid a national crisis. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 7, 191-208.
- Turner, K. L.* & Brown, C. S. (2007). The importance of gender and ethnic identities across individuals and contexts. Social Development, 16, 700-719.
- Pfeifer, J. H.*, Brown, C. S., & Juvonen, J. (2007). Fifty years since Brown v. Board of Education: Lessons learned about the development and reduction of children’s prejudice. Social Policy Report, 21 (2). Peer-reviewed publication of Society for Research in Child Development.
- Brown, C. S. (2006). Bias at school: Children’s perceptions of racial/ethnic discrimination. Cognitive Development, 21, 401-419.
- Brown, C. S., & Bigler, R. S. (2005). Children’s perception of discrimination: A developmental model. Child Development, 76, 533-553.
- Brown, C. S., & Bigler, R. S. (2004). Children’s perceptions of gender discrimination. Developmental Psychology, 40 (5), 714-726.
- Brown, C. S., & Bigler, R. S. (2002). Effects of minority status in the classroom on children’s intergroup attitudes. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 83, 77-110.
- Bigler, R. S., Brown, C. S., & Markell, M. (2001). When groups are not created equal: Effects of group status on the formation of intergroup attitudes in children. Child Development, 72, 1151-1162.