Melissa Brown is a third year student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. The daughter of Jamaican immigrants, Melissa was born in New York before her family relocated to Atlanta, Georgia when she was five years of age. Melissa attended Magnet programs from fourth grade until she graduated from high school. The experience of riding two buses from a predominantly Black suburb to attend a school located in a predominately White neighborhood made Melissa aware of her racial segregation shaped access to education. In addition to educational disparities, Melissa does research on how race, class, and gender affects the intergenerational mobility of income and marital status.

Melissa incorporates critical race theory into her work through a Black feminist lens to examine the role of women in social movements. In 2012 she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia Honors program with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in German.Melissa received her Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2015. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Maryland.