Brooklynn K. Hitchens has an M.A. from Rutgers University, where she is currently completing her Ph.D. in sociology. Her work focuses on the lived experiences of urban and low-income Black Americans, particularly at the intersections of race, class, and gender in shaping attitudes and behavior. Her multi-method dissertation uses street participatory action research (PAR) to explore the variations in how urban Black women and girls use violence and/or crime to cope with the structural strain that permeates low-income communities of color. She has received several fellowships including the Ralph J. Bunche Distinguished Graduate Fellow, Rutgers Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (RASTL) Fellowship, James H. Gilliam Sr. Fellowship, and the Honors College Teaching Fellowship. She teaches courses on race relations, family, and introduction to sociology. Her work has previously been published in Sociological Forum, Race & Justice, Feminist Criminology, and the Journal of Black Psychology.