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Khytie Brown

African American Studies, with a primary field in Religion

Khytie Brown is a PhD student in the department of African and African American Studies with a primary field in Religion. Her research emphasis is on religious expression and cultural production in the Caribbean, with particular attention to disruptions of the sacred/profane binary, sensory epistemologies and the interplay between private religious discourses and public space. Her current research examines affect, embodiment, ritual and identity production as enacted in two traditionally disparate spaces: the sacred seal ground of Jamaica’s African-derived Revival Zion Christianity and the secular dancehall spaces of Kingston’s urban streets.

A native Jamaican, and Atlanta resident, Khytie received a joint BA in Sociology and Religion from Emory University in 2010, where she was a Mellon Mays Fellow, and her Master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School in 2013 where her concentration was Religion and the Social Sciences. Believing strongly in scholar-activism, Khytie is a mentor for the Harvard Prison Education Project, a steering committee member for the W.E.B Du Bois Graduate Society and advisory board member for the African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association (ADRSA).

Email: khytiebrown@fas.harvard.edu