Jessica Brown

Jessica Brown

Assistant Professor

484 Philip G. Hoffman Hall
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Ph.D Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., Cornell University, Ithaca New York


Jessica Brown, Ph.D., joined the University of Houston Department of Sociology as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2010. Professor Brown conducts qualitative research in the areas of immigration, transnational sociology, gender, and race and ethnicity. Her dissertation examined the process of citizenship education for immigrants in the German city of Frankfurt am Main with a focus on how certain normative ideologies, emotions, and micro-level practices are used to draw the line between citizen and "outsider." Her earlier work looked at British print media coverage of falling fertility levels in the UK and Europe and analyzed pronatalist appeals aimed at convincing native-born (white) women to increase their fertility so as to forestall the need for replacement migration.

Research Interests

  • Immigration, Transnational and comparative sociology, sociology of gender, sociology of race and ethnicity, qualitative methodology.


  • Sociology of Immigration
  • Sociology of Marriage and the Family
  • Qualitative Methodology

Selected Publications

2005 - Jessica Autumn Brown and Myra Marx Ferree "Close Your Eyes and Think of England: Pronatalism in the British Print Media" Gender & Society. 19(1): 5-24

2005 - Lisa Wade, Emily Kremer and Jessica Brown "The Incidental Orgasm: the Presence of Clitoral Knowledge and the Absence of Orgasm for Women," Women and Health. 42(1): 117-138

2003 - Jessica Brown "In Praise of Good Breeding: Pronatalism and Race in the British Print Media," Journal of Women's History. 15(3): 161-166