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Joey Brown

Joey Brown

Student Research Affiliate

1103-A Parren J Mitchell Art-Sociology
College Park , Maryland 20742


  1. Ph.D. candidate, Sociology, University of Maryland – College Park, Ph.D. expected May 2019
  2. M.A., Sociology, University of Maryland – College Park, 2014
  3. M.A., Sociology, University of Mississippi, 2012
  4. B.A., English & Sociology, Cum Laude, University of Mississippi, 2009


I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology. My primary research areas are social inequality, with a focus on multigenerational and racial inequality, and social psychology. My dissertation is titled “Childhood Grandparent Wealth and the Well-Being of Black and White Young Adults.” I use the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) and longitudinal multivariate analysis techniques to examine associations between childhood grandparent wealth and young adult well-being. I conceptualize well-being as educational achievement and attainment, mental health, and financial independence. I have had a longstanding interest in issues of race and class. I have written on such topics as the Black Middle Class and using social psychology to help understand racial wealth inequality.

I am currently on a grant where I work as a research assistant for Dr. Michael Rendall. I have been assisting on his project “Employment, Timing of First Birth and Child Outcomes.” I have also been a teaching assistant for a variety of courses where I was responsible for conducting my own sections: Social Research Methods, Social Stratification, Sociology of the Family, and Why Does Educational Inequality Persist in America? In 2016, I received an award by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences for being an Outstanding Teaching Assistant. I am currently looking forward to teaching my own Social Research Methods course during the Summer. I have also given community lectures and worked with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion by helping facilitate small group discussions among faculty and students on topics such as racial bias and dealing with microagressions.

Prior to attending the University of Maryland, I earned my Bachelor’s and Masters’ degrees from the University of Mississippi in sociology. There, I studied undergraduate knowledge and feelings toward their student loans. I also developed a concept called Financial Cultural Capital, where I conceptualized financial literacy through a sociological lens.

Specialty Areas: Social Inequality, Social Psychology, Racial & Ethnic Relations, Morality, Research Methods




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