Katheryn Russell-Brown
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Katheryn Russell-Brown is the Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law.  Professor Russell-Brown received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, J.D. from the University of California, Hastings, and Ph.D. in criminology from the University of Maryland.

Prior to joining the UF law faculty in 2003, Professor Russell-Brown taught in the Criminology department at the University of Maryland for 11 years.  She has been a visiting law professor at American University and the City University of New York (CUNY).  In 1991 she was a lecturer at Howard University.  Her first teaching position was at Alabama State University. 

Professor Russell-Brown teaches, researches, and writes on issues of race and crime and the sociology of law.  Her article, "The Constitutionality of Jury Override in Alabama Death Penalty Cases," was cited in Harris v. Alabama (1995), a U.S. Supreme Court case.

In 2009, Professor Russell-Brown was awarded a Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship.  Her project focused on ways to integrate criminal justice issues into the elementary education curriculum.

Professor Russell-Brown’s books include The Color of Crime (2009), Protecting Our Own: Race, Crime and African Americans (2006), and Underground Codes: Race, Crime, and Related Fires (2004).
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