Dr. Shirley A. Rainey-Brown, Ph.D.


Dr. Brown has over 15 years of teaching in higher education.  She enjoys working with students and producing future scholars. Her academic accolades include teaching a diverse number of sociology courses at Fisk University such as Social Problems, Collective Behavior and Social Movements, Urban Sociology, Practicum, Demography, Men/Women Relationship, Introduction to Environmental Justice, Social Theory, Human Sexuality, Race and Gender and Introduction to Sociology.  She is a pioneer in on-line teaching and has won certification awards for her on-line course developments and on-line seminar workshops. 

Dr. Brown is an academic advisor to sociology majors/minors and works   with student recruitment and retention initiatives.  She also serves as advisor to the sociology club and co- advisor, to the Mu chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta International Honor Society.    She serves on several university and community committees.  Also she serves on editorial boards for the several sociological journals.  Dr. Brown has been asked to produce a Special Issue Journal on Women and Environmental Justice (for 2014 publication) for the Environmental Justice Journal that has a national and international readership.

To further her career and research goals, she continues to pursue grant opportunities and publish scholarly research in referred sociological journals in her field of study (Environmental Justice in Sociology).She has two co-authored textbooks on Environmental Justice published by Linus Publication in 2011 and 2012.  A recent textbook manuscript with Edwin Mellon Press will be forthcoming in 2014. Her research focus is to enlighten and broaden students’ perspective about her field of environmental justice in sociology and to assist them to critically assess, evaluate and develop strategies to address communities of color environmental injustices.  


Dr. Brown’s current research entails completing a textbook manuscript on environmental justice; working on an article manuscript for Women and Environmental Injustice; and creating a Special Issue on Women and Environmental Justice.


“New American Racism: A Micro-Cosmo Study of African American Struggles in Clarksville, Tennessee”, By Shirley Rainey-Brown and Glenn S. Johnson, Race, Gender and Class Journal, V.19 (3-4), 2012.

“Grassroots Activism: An Exploration of Women of Color’s Role in the Environmental Justice Movement.” By Shirley A. Rainey & Glenn S. Johnson, Race Gender and Class Journal, September, 2010;

“Environmental Justice: Examining the Social Bases of Environmental Concern in an African American Community, by Shirley Rainey.

Environmental Justice Journal,1(3), 2008;“The Highlander Research and Education Center: Utilizing Social Change-Based Models for Public Policy” by Chris Baker, Glenn S. Johnson, Lee Williams, Deborah G. Perkins and Shirley A. Rainey, Race, Gender & Class Journal 

“Dickson, Tennessee And Shelia Holt’s Family Toxic Wells: A Classic Case Study Of Environmental Inequality” by Glenn Johnson & Shirley Rainey, Race, Gender & Class Journal 15 (3-4), 2008

“Hurricane Katrina: Public Health and Environmental Justice Issues Front and Centered” (2007) by Glenn S. Johnson and Shirley A. Rainey, Race, Gender and Class Journal. 14(1-2): 17-37

“Hurricane Katrina Impact on Three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): Voices from Displaced Students”, (2007)by Glenn S. Johnson and Shirley A. Rainey, Race, Gender & Class Journal, 14(1-2): 100-119

“Global Environment Movement” (2007), by Shirley Rainey, Encyclopedia of Race and Racism , 2, 64-68;

“Perceptions of Environmental Inequality: Does It Still Exist?” (2007) Shirley A. Rainey ,Journal of Social and Behavioral Sciences,40(1)

“Assessing Linkages Between Race, Environmental Concern, Health & Justice In A Highly-Polluted Community of Color” by Robert E. Jones & Shirley A. Rainey,(2006), Journal of Blacks Studies, 36(4), 473-496

“Residents Speak OUT: Sharing Concerns about Environmental Problems, Health and Justice in Clarksville, Tennessee,” by Shirley Rainey (2005), Humanity and Society Journal 29, (3 &4), 270-284

“Investigating Environmental Concerns and Health Issues in Clarksville, Tennessee” by Shirley Rainey & Robert E. Jones ( 2005), The Negro Educational Review Journal,56(4),301-310.

Dr. Brown: Profile

Dr. Shirley Rainey-Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost for Online Initiatives & Director of Distance Learning
Professor of Sociology & Discipline Coordinator of Sociology

Ph. D University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (Sociology) 2003
M.A. E. Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY Student Personnel In Higher Education and Counseling 1988
M.A. Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY, (Sociology) 1987
B.A. University of South Alabama, Mobile Alabama, (Sociology) 1977

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