Kevin J. Brown

Associate Professor & Chair of Social Work

Kevin.Brown@eastern.edu

After a career in counseling with Family Resource Associates and the Minirth-Meier Clinic, Dr. Brown served in Christian Community Development with Trinity Christian Community in New Orleans.  After earning his PhD, Brown became Professor of Social Work at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also oversaw undergraduate and graduate degree programs in six maximum security prisons in five states.  In addition he has been a radio talk show host, musician, Chaplain for the New Orleans NBA Hornets, and has served on many boards..  His dissertation was entitled “You Could Get Killed Any Day in Hollygrove: A Qualitative Study of Neighborhood-Level Homicide.” Brown is the current President of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work.

For his work, Dr. Brown was named Citizen of the Year by the United States Marshals Service and was awarded the Meritorious Public Servant of the Year by US Attorney General Eric Holder.  

Most importantly, he has been married to his wife Sandy for 31 years and has three adult children: his son Seth, a graduate of APU who is a software developer in Los Angeles, Chloe, who earned the Master of Art History from Auburn and serves as a New Orleans public school teacher, and Leah, a graduate of Georgetown University, who manages grants for St. Boniface Hospital in Fond-des-Blancs, Haiti.

Education

Ph.D., Urban Studies, The University of New Orleans
MS, Urban Studies, The University of New Orleans
MSW., University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams School of Social Work
BA, Psychology, Wheaton College

Courses Taught

SOWK 110, Human Diversity and Social Interaction

Research Interests

Dr. Brown’s research interests lie at the intersection of race, community and violence.

Professional Associations and Services
  • North American Association of Chrisitans in Social work
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Southern Sociological Society
  • Rotary International
Publications

Books and Chapters

  • Brown, K.J. (2014).  Hurricane Katrina.  In D.C. Hillis Cities: Playgrounds or battlegrounds? (pp. 111-116). Tacoma, WA: Leadership Foundations Press.
  • Brown, K.J. & Mitsch, R. (1994). The Quest: A Self-Discovery Adventure for Teens, Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
  • Brown, K.J., McDonald, M. & Mitsch, R. (1993). You Take Over God, I Can’t Handle It, Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
  • Brown, K.J., Mitsch, R. & McDonald, M. (1991). Setting New Boundaries, Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Articles

  • Brown, K.J. and Yancey, G. (2020). Understanding the importance of community practice for Christian social workers. Social Work and Christianity, 47(3): 6-15. DOI: 10.34043/swc.v47i3.174. 
  • Brown, K.J. (2020). Review of R. D. Smith, S.C. Boddie & R.D. Peters (Eds.) Urban Ministry Reconsidered: Contexts and Approaches. Social Work and Christianity, 47(1): 99-101, DOI: 10.34043/swc.v47i1.131 
  • Brown, K.J. and Weil, F. (2019). Strangers in the neighborhood: Violence and neighborhood boundaries. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. https://doi.org/10.1177/0891241619857150.
  • Brown, K. J. (2019, April). Racism and Our Definitional Challenge: Is Sin Simply an Individual Act? North American Association of Christians in Social Work Quarterly Newsletter.
  • Brown, K.J. (2019, April). Depending daily upon Christ: Future vs. present orientation toward time. Biblical Counseling and Spiritual Formation Network Transformation, 12(1): 4-5.
  • Brown, K. J. (2019, March 13). The evangelical razor edge. The Restoration Institute Blog, www.therestorationinstitute.com
  • Brown, K.J. (2019). Mayberry is not our home: Embracing danger in the city’s public realm, Social Work and Christianity, 46(1): 26-31.
  • Brown, K.J. (2019). What is Cultural Humility?  The Restoration Institute Blog, www.therestorationinstitute.com.
  • Brown, K.J. (2018, October 11). Training inmates for ministry inside maximum security prisons. Christianity Today/The Exchange. https://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2018/october/training-inmates-ministry-inside-maximum-security-prisons.html
  • Brown, K.J. (2018). Agents of Transformation: NACSW’s Potential to Bridge a Longstanding Theological Divide. Shared Grade: North American Association of Christians in Social Work Blog. 5/1/2018.
  • Brown, K.J. (2016). Hollygrove revisited. Crime Prevention through Environmental Design Perspectives, 13(1): 3-8.
  • Brown, K.J. (2016). Between two worlds: Addressing culture and kingdom values in Christian counseling. Biblical Counseling and Spiritual Formation Network Transformation, 9(3): 4-6.
  • Brown, K.J. (2015). Seeking the shalom of New Orleans: 47 years of community building.  Proceedings of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work. www.nacsw.org/Convention/BrownKSeeking theShalomFINAL.pdf.
  • Brown, K.J. (2015) Review of G.S. Smith’s The testing of God’s sons: The refining of faith as a biblical theme. Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, 12(2): 80-81.
  • Brown, K.J. (2015). A biblical take on anxiety. Biblical Counseling and Spiritual Formation Network Transformation, 8(2): 2-3.
  • Brown, K.J. (2014). Joseph Guillaume’s audacious ride. Gathering Magazine. Retrieved from http://gatheringmagazine.com/joseph-guillaumes-audacious-ride-by-kevin-brown
  • Brown, K.J. (2013). Joseph Guillaume: The Star Car, Part 1 of 3. New Orleans Historical, accessed August 8, 2014, http://www.neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/545?tour=29&index=0#.U_8g7fldV8E
  • Brown, K.J. (2013). Joseph Guillaume: Streetcar Segregation, Part 2 of 3. New Orleans Historical, accessed August 8, 2014, http://www.neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/547?tour=29&index=1#.U_8gn_ldV8E
  • Brown, K.J. (2013). Joseph Guillaume's Audacious Ride, Part 3 of 3. New Orleans Historical, accessed August 8, 2014, http://www.neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/548#.U_8gNfldV8E
  • Brown, K.J. (2013). Bibliography for Joseph Guillaume and The Star Cars. New Orleans Historical. 
  • Brown, K.J. (2013). Making groceries: Schwegmann Brothers Giant Supermarket. Gathering Magazine. Retrieved from: http://gatheringmagazine.com/makin-groceries-schwegmanns-style/
  • Brown, K.J. (2012). Lafitte: Buccaneer or businessman? Gathering Magazine. Retrieved from: http://gatheringmagazine.com/jean-lafitte
  • Brown, K.J. (2012). Margaret Haughery: The bread woman of New Orleans. Gathering Magazine. Retrieved from: http://gatheringmagazine.com/the-irish-in-new-orleans-margaret-haughery
  • Brown, K.J. (2011). The Irish in New Orleans: The New Basin Canal. Gathering Magazine. Retrieved from: http://gatheringmagazine.com/the-irish-in-new-orleans
  • Brown, K.J. (2009). The Christian’s razor edge: Social action in the context of the Great Commission. North American Association of Christians in Social Work. Retrieved from: http://www.nacsw.org/Publications/Proceedings2009/BrownK/ChristiansRazorF.pdf
  • Brown K.J. (2010). The Christian way is far more than spiritual. At the Threshold. http://atthethreshold.org/2012/09/27/the-christian-way-is-far-more-than-spiritual
  • Brown, K.J. (1991). Honor your parents: A closer look. Christian Psychology for Today, 7(2): 6-7.