Donald V. Brown

Assistant Professor

Locations / Contact Info:

210 Behavioural Science - BSB
Keele Campus
Fax: 416 736 5814

Email address(es):

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology


PhD, Critical Social Psychology - 2022
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
New York, NY, USA

MPhil, Psychology - 2020
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
New York, NY, USA

MA, Psychology - 2019
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
New York, NY, USA

MA, Higher & Postsecondary Education (Social and Comparative Analysis) - 2010
Teachers College, Columbia University
New York, NY, USA

BS, Neuroscience - 2009
Baldwin Wallace University
Berea, OH, USA


Dr. Donald V. Brown, Jr. is an assistant professor in the Historical, Theoretical, and Critical Studies of Psychology program. Prior to coming to York, Dr. Brown engaged in research and graduate studies through the Critical Social/Personality and Environmental Psychology Program at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. He has previously taught gender studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.

Selected Publications

  • Head, J.C., Rizzo, J., Brown, D. V., Dutcher, H., McMullen, L. (2023). Coverage and Treatment of Qualitative Inquiry in General  Research Methods Textbooks. Qualitative Psychology

  • Brown, D. V. (2020). Self-structure singularity: Considerations for agential realism in critical psychology. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 14(12), 1-11.

  • Brown, D. V., Pryiomka, K, & Clegg, J. (2020). Self-observation in psychology. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology. Oxford University Press. 

  • Brown, D. V. and Lim, F. A. (2019).  Sa kanyang sariling mga salita: Health, identity, and articulations of self. In S. Schroeder & T. Theophano (Eds.), HEADCASE: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Writers & Artists on Mental Health and Wellness. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 


Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology

Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology

Society for Social Studies of Science


Dean K. Harrison Fellowship, The Graduate Center, CUNY - 2022

Outstanding Student Service Award, Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology - 2022

Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation - 2021

Alumni Fund Dissertation Fellowship, The Graduate Center, CUNY - 2021


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

In its broadest conception, Dr. Brown’s interdisciplinary research program integrates perspectives from critical theory, philosophy of science, and science and technology studies to better understand social identity-based scientific practices and knowledge production in psychological science. He is deelply interested in understanding the movement of social identity knowledge through the porous boundary between science and society.


Research Projects

Social Identity, Scientific Practice, and the Production of Social Knowledge: An Ethnographic Investigation of American Social Psychology Laboratories
This project investigated the creation, use, and circulation of social identity categories in social psychology laboratories. Further, this work explored how identity-based knowledge gets translated between scientific institutions and society by examining texts in which scientific inquiry into social identity shaped nonacademic social exchanges.
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $29, 107
Year Funded: 2021
Duration: 1.5
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: National Science Foundation (USA)