Dr. Taryrn Brown is a clinical faculty member in the School of Teaching and Learning with specialization in Teachers, Schools, and Society. As a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the American Educational Studies Association (AESA), and the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME), her research broadly examines the interpretive, normative, and critical perspectives of education both inside and outside of schools. With emphasis on the experiences of minoritized individuals and communities, much of her work emerges from the intersections of race, social class, and gender.
Dr. Brown has worked closely in her previous experiences in university-community initiatives, more recently with the non-traditional pedagogical space, the Awesome Clubhouse @ La Escuelita, which encouraged curiosities directed by children that intertwined with their personal realities, and their own self-directed interests. This educative work has been and continues to be a driving force behind Dr. Brown’s passion of integrating university-community initiatives to serve students. The role of pedagogical spaces for critical conversation within the student and community experience is a priority for Dr. Brown in the preparedness of future practitioners, educators, and community leaders.
Currently, Dr. Brown is working with research that seeks to place an effort on addressing the gap in practice and knowledge, speaking directly to the discursive nature that often imposes itself on the lived realities of minoritized communities. Through an intersectional analysis, Dr. Brown values most the importance of highlighting actual lived realities in these communities. Moreover, providing insight into the ways in which advocates, supporters, practitioners, and educators can acknowledge implicit biases that exists in interactions and thoughts on minoritized groups.