Rose M. Brewer, PhD is a Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor and past chairperson of the Department of African American & African Studies, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She holds affiliate appointments in Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies and Sociology. She received her MA and PhD degrees in sociology from Indiana University and did postdoctoral studies at the University of Chicago. A social activist and scholar, Brewer publishes extensively on Black feminism, political economy, social movements, race, class, gender and social change. She is one of the authors of the award-winning book, The Color of Wealth, a number of co-edited volumes including The U.S. Social Forum: Perspectives of a Movement; Bridges of Power: Women’s Multicultural Alliances and Is Academic Feminism Dead?: Theory in Practice. Most recently she co-edited, Rod Bush: Lessons From a Radical Black Scholar on Liberation, Love, and Justice. Her work includes more than 80 essays, articles, and refereed publications.

She held the University of North Texas Multicultural Lectureship Award, the Sociologist for Women in Society Feminist Lectureship in Social Change, a Wiepking Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Miami University of Ohio, The Havens/Wright Visiting Scholar Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison, was a 2013 Visiting Scholar in the Social Justice Initiative, University of Illinois-Chicago. She is an Ada Comstock Distinguished Women’s Scholar Awardee, College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Medalist, member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, a winner of the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Teaching award, and a Josie R. Johnson Social Justice Award recipient. Most recently she was honored with the Common Ground Consortium 2021 Intellectual Excellence Award. Dr. Brewer works for social transformation locally, nationally and internationally.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • MA, PhD: Sociology, Indiana University
  • BA: Sociology and History, Northeastern State College


  • Social transformation
  • Critical theory
  • African American women's studies
  • Black family life
  • Class
  • Gender
  • Intersection of economy
  • Race
  • Racism
  • Sociology
  • Women's studies