Keith Brown, Ph.D.
Keith Brown is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Saint Joseph's University. His research and teaching interests include Fair Trade and ethical consumption, race relations, culture, identity formation, and ethnographic methods.
After finishing his master's degree, Keith worked as a research coordinator at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) in Boston, Massachusetts. At ICI, he helped design research intended to increase integrated employment opportunities for people with disabilities. This experience led to a paper explaining how people with disabilities shape their identities as they move in-and-out of government-funded agencies designed to help them find work.
Keith's dissertation examined the market for Fair Trade products in order to understand what it means to be an ethical consumer. He conducted research at Ten Thousand Villages and the Independents Coffee Cooperative in Philadelphia. He also traveled to Nicaragua to visit Fair Trade coffee farmers and attended the first national Fair Trade conference in Chicago. Through this research he became interested in the ways individuals express, and hide, their moral identities in everyday life. His work led to a book chapter in Lived Experiences of Public Consumption and a forthcoming article in Sociological Forum. He was also interviewed for an article on social responsibility in the New York Times. He is currently working on a book manuscript based on his dissertation research.
At Saint Joseph's University, Keith is teaching Introduction to Sociology, Media and Popular Culture, and the Sociology of Consumption. He currently lives in Mt. Airy with his wife and daughters.
- B.A., Sociology, The College of New Jersey
- M.A. Sociology, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
- Ph.D. Sociology, University of Pennsylvania