Tashal Brown

Tashal Brown

Assistant Professor, Urban Education and Secondary Social Studies, University of Rhode Island


Tashal Brown is an Assistant Professor of Urban Education and Secondary Social Studies at the University of Rhode Island. Her research broadly focuses on race, ethnicity, and gender as it concerns issues of equity and justice in educational contexts. She examines how cultivating and enacting critical literacies and liberatory pedagogies in K-12 schools, community-based spaces, and teacher education shape youth and educators’ perspectives, experiences, and actions. Her collaborations with youth, educators, and community-based organizations demonstrate an unwavering commitment to fostering critical and transformative educational spaces with an increased capacity for innovative teaching and opportunities for youth to engage critically and creatively. Notably, she seeks opportunities to work alongside youth to pursue inquiries that address sociopolitical issues impacting their lives. Her work has appeared in outlets such as the American Educational Research Journal, Teachers College Record, and Curriculum Inquiry. Brown holds a PhD from Michigan State University in Curriculum, Instruction & Teacher Education and graduate certificates in urban education and qualitative research. She also received the King-Ch├ívez-Parks (KCP) Future Faculty Fellowship, which supported the completion of her dissertation.

Areas of Expertise

  • Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
  • Urban Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Women of Color Feminist Theory


  • Ethnographic Methods
  • Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR)
  • Focus Groups
  • Interviews
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Arts-based Research Methods