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Office: Davison Hall, 016

Brooklynn K. Hitchens is an American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellow who explores the lived experiences of low-income, urban Black Americans with crime and violence, particularly at the intersections of race, class, and gender in shaping attitudes, identity, and behavior. Her multi-method dissertation uses street participatory action research (PAR) to explore variations in how urban Black women and girls use violence and/or crime to cope with the structural strain that permeates low-income communities of color. Data for her dissertation emerge from a collaborative, community-based project entitled the Wilmington Street Participatory Action Research (PAR) Project, which examines how low-income, street-identified Blacks experience and understand community violence in Wilmington, Delaware—a city recently labeled “MurderTown USA” for its elevated rates of violent crime per capita.

Her work has previously been published in Sociological Forum, Race & Justice, Feminist Criminology, and the Journal of Black Psychology. Brooklynn also holds prior fellowships as a distinguished Louis Bevier Dissertation Fellow, Minority Fellow for the American Sociological Association (ASA), and Ruth D. Peterson Fellow for the American Society of Criminology (ASC). 

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