Autumn Brown is a doctoral candidate at Oklahoma State University in the university’s Social Foundations of Education Department. While completing her Ph.D., Autumn is working as a graduate research assistant (GRA) with the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program (OOHRP) in the OSU Library, where her research with OOHRP informed the topic of her dissertation titled “Organize, Activate, Liberate: Luper, Fisher, Davis and the Quiet Resistance of Radical Pedagogy in Oklahoma City During Civil Rights.” Using her dissertation, she is constructing educational biographies of Clara Luper, Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, and Nancy Randolph Davis—educational pioneers during the period of segregated schools in Oklahoma. Autumn hopes that her work with OOHRP will foreground black women’s knowledge production and contributions to contemporary education. Additionally, (re)presenting Oklahoma as a space for radical activism.
Autumn has served as a presenter at numerous national and international educational conferences such as the American Educational Studies Association (AESA) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She has a published chapter title, “Breaking the silence: Black women’s experience with abortion” in the book Womanish Black Girls: Women Resisting the Contradictions of Silence and Voice, winner of the 2019 AESA Critics’ Choice Award. She has also published the article, “Black, female, and controlled: An historical overview of policing black women’s bodies” in the Journal of Philosophy & History in Education.
Autumn is an adult instructor with the non-profit organization Opportunities Industrialization Center of Oklahoma County (OIC), an adult literacy center. At OIC, Autumn teaches science courses and runs the STEM lab. She also works as the activity coordinator for the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) students. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at the University of Central Oklahoma, and a senior writer for the Black Wall Street Times. Autumn earned her a Master of Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Oklahoma.