Professor Browne has been teaching at the university level since 1997 and joined the department of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies in 2001. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and masters degree from UCLA. Trained as a sociologist, he earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
His teaching, research and scholarship concerns issues related to Black Diasporic communities with a focus on community organizations, social movements, racial inequality, Africana sociology, and popular culture (particularly hip-hop). He is the recipient of several grants and awards for his research including the George M. Shuster faculty fellowship; Several PSC-CUNY awards; and the Roosevelt Faculty Seminar. His is the former book review editor for the journal Wadabagei, and is currently vice-president of ATIRA Corp., a think tank focused on the African Diaspora.
Professor Browne has served as a consultant to several foundations and community based organizations around the issue of capacity building and neighborhood change. He is a longtime resident of the Bedford-Stuyvesant community in Brooklyn, New York.