Kristi Brian, Ph.D.
Director of Diversity Education and Training
Kristi Brian, Ph.D., is currently the Director of Diversity Education and Training at the College of Charleston. She came to the College as a Visiting Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies in 2010 after completing her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology and teaching for many years at Temple University (Philadelphia). Brian was also a member of an interdisciplinary team offering intergroup dialog workshops through Temple University’s Center for Social Justice and Multicultural Education.
Her recent ethnographic study, Reframing Transracial Adoption: Adopted Koreans, White Parents and the Politics of Kinship (Temple University Press, 2012) is a critical analysis of transnational adoption. The study explores adoptees’ narratives of racialized isolation, identity construction and critiques of white privilege and analyzes the multiculturalist discourse used in the promotion of transracial/transnational adoption.
Brian has taught courses on human rights, globalization, race and racism, and feminist theory. These courses grew out of her training as a cultural anthropologist and her experiences as a community organizer confronting various dimensions of structural violence and injustice. In Chicago and Philadelphia, Brian worked alongside numerous social justice allies in grassroots organizations and non-profits focusing on issues of mass incarceration, homelessness, immigration rights and the eradication of racism, homophobia and sexism. She is currently a member of the Charleston branch of Southerners on New Ground (SONG) a regional Queer Liberation organization.
As the Director of Diversity Education and Training, Brian offers a Diversity Education Workshop Series each semester which addresses a broad range of topics related to social identities and systems of oppression. She also offers customized workshops for staff and faculty and is the coordinator for the Diversity Advocates, the student organization affiliated with the Office of Institutional Diversity.