Phylicia Lee Brown

Phylicia Lee Brown

Phylicia (she/her) is a Ph.D. student at Rice University majoring in Environmental Sociology. She received her B.A in Sociology from the University at Buffalo, New York, and M.A. in Sociology from Rice University.

Her work as a spatial-quantitative scholar broadly focuses on the social production of environmental inequalities — especially as they pertain to the intersection of toxic industrial hazards and climate change impacts. Much of Phylicia’s ongoing work also investigates the social inequities that arise from the Federal Flood Buyout Program.

She currently lives and works from her home in Banner Elk, North Carolina, with her husband Trevor, and dog Mowgli. The pandemic has taught Phylicia to enjoy a slower pace of life, and she enjoys gardening, beekeeping, embroidering, and camping with Trevor and Mowgli when she’s not reading and writing research papers.