Dr. Sharla Benson-Brown’s research focus is primarily qualitative in nature, with emphasis on educational issues (preschool to postsecondary).
Her in-depth work on race, intergenerational inequality, social class status and macro and micro structures has led her to an awareness of the disconnect between parents of school age children of color, and the expectations of school.
Benson-Brown previously taught seventh and eighth grade social studies in South Carolina’s public schools. For the past two years she has been the instructor of a Communities in Schools course at the University of South Carolina. In this course Benson-Brown has focused on the institutional and individual actions and its intended and unintended impact on students. She has also guest-lectured in other multicultural education courses.