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King Center Scholar-in-Residence

A Welcome from Our Scholar-in-Residence!

"I am very pleased to be the Martin Luther King Center Scholar-in-Residence. I have long admired all the interesting programming and outreach activities coming from the King Center. It is a Center that truly benefits every student who steps through their doors. Regardless of your background or experiences, if you appreciate diversity, want to foster social justice, or want to increase your cultural competence, check out all of the programs coming out of the King Center. Don’t forget to stop by the Lunch & Learns on Wednesdays and say hi. If you ever want to turn your interests in the activities at the King Center into an academic pursuit, please reach out to me and we can talk about the infinite number of ways to make that happen." 

Lunch & Learn 
2nd Wednesdays at 12pm in the King Center
Join the King Center’s Scholar-in-Residence for lunch and engaging dialogue! 


Christia Spears Brown, Ph.D., is a Professor of Developmental and Social Psychology, and founding Director of Center for Equality and Social Justice, at the University of Kentucky. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on children’s perceptions of gender and ethnic discrimination, the development of stereotypes and group identity, and the impact of discrimination and stereotypes on academic outcomes. As part of her research on discrimination, she also examines the perpetration and acceptance of sexual harassment among adolescents. Her research on Latino immigrant children’s perceptions of discrimination across school contexts was funded by the Foundation for Child Development. In addition to peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, she has written two books, one for an academic audience, Discrimination in Childhood and Adolescence, and one for parents, Parenting Beyond Pink and Blue, and co-edited the Wiley Handbook of Group Processes in Children and Adolescents. She is an Associate Editor of Journal of Adolescent Research.

Our Scholar-in-Residence Program is an initiative developed by the Office for Institutional Diversity.

The goals of this initiative are four fold:

  • To aid the Director of the center in enhancing the scholarly programming offered by the center.
  • To give even greater emphasis to Dr. King’s focus on global social justice.
  • To continue the center’s long history of outreach programming into the Lexington community.
  • To move the center more closely to the center of academic life at the university involving faculty on a rotating bi-annual basis.