Khytie Brown is a Ph.D. candidate 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 in the Caribbean and Latin America with particular attention to sensory epistemologies, racialization and Afrophbia, citizenship, disruptions of the sacred/profane binary and the interplay between private religious discourses and public space. Her current research centralizes journeying as an analytic and examines the transnational relationship between Revival Zion practitioners in Jamaica and Afro-Antillean Panama through somatic rituals, the queering of identity and the movement of religious commodities
A native Jamaican, and Atlanta resident, Khytie received a joint B.A.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 has served as 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). She is also a doctoral fellow in the Science, Religion and Culture program, a graduate student associate at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and a research associate within a collaborative ethnographic project on policing, security and governance in New Orleans.