Faculty & Staff

Shelly Brown-Jeffy

Shelly L. Brown-Jeffy

Associate Professor
PhD, University of Michigan, 2000

Office: 323 Graham
Phone: 336-334-3692
Email: slbrown2@uncg.edu

Research and Teaching interests

  • Quantitative methods
  • Social inequalities  race, class and gender
  • Sociology of Education
  • Race and Ethnic relations

Personal Statement

My research journey began with a broad question:  Where does inequality originate and how does it influence quality of life for individuals and groups? My interest in racial/ethnic inequality and socioeconomic disadvantage is evident in my teaching in research. The goal of my research is to examine and understand differences in educational outcomes among racial/ethnic/socioeconomic groups.  In teaching, I help others understand that our social world structures our social reality.

Recent selected professional achievements

Sheryl Coley, Tracy Nichols, Kelly Rulison, Robert Aronson, Shelly Brown-Jeffy and Sharon Morrison (2016) Does Neighborhood Risk Explain Racial Disparities in Low Birth Weight among Infants Born to Adolescent Mothers. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. 29(2), 122-129. doi: 10.1016/j.jpag.2015.08.004

Avent, J., Cashwell, C., and Brown-Jeffy, S. (2015). African American Pastors on Mental Health, Coping, and Help-Seeking. Counseling and Values. 60 (1), April 2015, 32–47.

Sheryl Coley, Tracy Nichols, Kelly Rulison, Robert Aronson, Shelly Brown-Jeffy and Sharon Morrison (2015). Race, Socioeconomic Status, and Age: Exploring Intersections in Preterm Birth Disparities among Teen Mothers. International Journal of Population Research, vol. 2015, Article ID 617907. doi:10.1155/2015/617907.