Keith Brown, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Disciplines Taught: Criminal Justice, Sociology
Office: Merion Hall 366
Phone: (610) 660-1687

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Keith Brown is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Saint Joseph's University. His research and teaching interests include fair trade, ethical consumption, globalization, culture, identity formation, and ethnographic methods.  He recently finished a book entitled Buying into Fair Trade: Culture, Morality and Consumption (NYU Press, 2013). The book examines what it means to be an ethical consumer, how individuals became a part of the fair trade movement, and how consumers make sense of the contradictions involved in the search for status while shopping for a cause.  Buying into Fair Trade also discusses the limits and possibilities involved in trying to change the world through shopping.

Keith’s research and writings have appeared in Sociological Forum, Qualitative Sociology, Sociological Inquiry, Social Forces, Contemporary Sociology, the Journal of Disability Policy Studies, and the Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. He has also been quoted in the New York Times and appeared multiple times on NPR to speak about fair trade and factory fires in Bangladesh. 

At Saint Joseph's University, Keith is teaching Introduction to Sociology, Media and Popular Culture, Markets and Morality, Consumer Culture in Global Perspective, and a fair trade study tour course to Nicaragua. He currently lives in Mt. Airy with his wife and daughters.


  • B.A., Sociology, The College of New Jersey
  • M.A. Sociology, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

News and Alerts Events