Academic Research

I study disability, power, and the construction of normalcy.  


My research agenda follows three lines of inquiry. I am interested in neurodiversity, cripping sustainability, and how power is produced through bodyminds.

I was awarded the Disability Leadership Award, by ACPA’s Standing Committee on Disability in recognition of my research contributions.  My co-authored book, Disability in Higher Education: A Social Justice Approach is available through Josey-Bass and I have presented nationally at AERA, ASHE, AHEAD, and ACPA.


Selected Publications

^Wilke, A., Brown, K., Evans, N., & Broido, E. (in press). Doing my best, being healthy, and creating connections: Disabled students’ narratives of collegiate success. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. 

^Nachman, B., & Brown, K. (2023). Crip places: Disamantling disability discourse in the 2 year college literature. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. DOI: 10.1037/dhe0000443

^Anderson, M., Hills-Meyer, P., Stamm, J., & Brown, K. (2021). Integrating clinical reasoning skills in a pre-professional undergraduate human anatomy course. Anatomical Sciences Education. DOI: 10.1002/ase.2050

Brown, K., Wilke, A., & Peña, M. (2020). Staff to student ratios: National benchmarking and best practices in disability services. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 33(3), 289-298.

Peña, E., Gassner, D., & Brown, K. (2020). Autistic-centered program development and assessment practices. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 33(3), 231-238.

Brown, K. & Broido, E., (2020). Ableism and assessment: Including students with disabilities.  In E. Broido & H. Ro (Eds.)., Assessing Underserved College Students: Guidance for Student Affairs (New Directions of Student Services, no. 136, pp. 31-41). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Brown, K. & Broido, E., (2019). Engaging students with disabilities. In S. Harper and S. Quaye (Eds.), Student Engagement in Higher Education: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches for Diverse Populations (3rd ed., pp. 237-256). New York, NY: Routledge.

Wilke, A., Evans, N., Varland, C., Brown, K., & Broido, E. M. ( 2019). Access and integration: Perspectives of disabled students living on campus.  Journal of College and University Student Housing, 46(1), 46-61. 

Brown, K., Peña, E.V., Broido, E.M., Stapleton, L.D., & Evans, N.J. (2019). Brown, Pena, Broido, Stapleton, Evans (2019) Understanding Disability Frameworks in Higher Education Research.  In J. Huisman and M. Tight (Eds.)., Theory and Method in Higher Education Research.  (Vol 5., pp. 19-36). Bingley, UK: Emerald.

^Nachman, B., & Brown, K. (2019). Omission and othering: Constructing autism on college websites. Community College Journal of Research and Practice. 44(3), 211-223.

Peña, E., Stapleton, L., Brown, K., Stygles K., Broido, E., & Rankin, S. (2018).  A universal research design for student affairs scholars and practitioners. College Student Affairs Journal, 36(2), 1-14. doi:10.1353/csj.2018.0012

Brown, K. (2017). Accommodations and Support Services for Students with ASD. National Survey of DSS Providers.  Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability. 30(2), 141-156.

Brown, K., Peña, E., & Rankin, S. (2017). Unwanted Sexual Contact: Students with Autism and Other Disabilities at Greater Risk  Journal of College Student Development. 58(4), 771-777.

Brown, K. (2017). Accessibility for Students with ASD: Legal Perspectives in the United States. In H. C. Alphin Jr. (Ed.). Exploring the Future of Accessibility in Higher Education -(pp. 81-103). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Evans, N. J., Broido, E. M., Brown, K., & Wilke, A. (2017). Disability in higher education: A social justice approach. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Brown, K. & Coomes, M. D. (2016).  A Spectrum of Support: Current and Best Practices for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at Community Colleges.  Journal of Community College Research and Practice, 40(6). 465-479. doi:10.1080/10668926.2015.1067171

Brown, K. & Broido, E. (2015). Engaging Students with Disabilities. In S. Harper and S. Quaye (Eds.). Student engagement in higher education: Theoretical perspectives and practical approaches for diverse populations (pp. 187-207). New York, NY: Routledge.

Broido, E. M., Brown, K., Stygles, K. N. & Bronkema, R. H. (2015). Recognition of and Response to Gendered Dynamics: Experiences of Women Working Over 25 Years at One UniversityThe Journal of Higher Education, 86(4), 595-627.  doi:10.1353/jhe.2015.0023

^denotes co-authorship with graduate student or post-doctoral scholar.