Ayanna F. Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education
Dr. Brown holds a B.S. from Tuskegee University in secondary education, language arts education, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership from Vanderbilt University Peabody College, and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Interdisciplinary Studies in Language, Literacy and Sociology.
Her research focuses on discussions of “race,” contemporary African American studies, and discourse analysis. Her research has been presented nationally and internationally and has served as a member of the International Reading Association, National Commission on Reading, National Council of Teachers of English, American Education Research Association, and International Federation of Teachers of English. Dr. Brown is the former 2013-2014 Chair of the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research.
She holds memberships with several honor societies including Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Mu Gamma, and Alpha Kappa Mu. She is a former middle school language arts teacher and Scholarships Coordinator for first generation college students.