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Brené Brown

Brené BrownBiography, American writer and professor

American writer and professor
Brené Brown
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Intro American writer and professor
A.K.A. Brene Brown
Is Writer Essayist Social worker Researcher Scientist Internet personality Podcaster Psychologist
From United States of America
Type Academia Healthcare Internet Literature Science
Gender female
Birth 18 November 1965, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Age: 54 years
Star sign ScorpioScorpio
University of Texas at Austin
University of Houston
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Casandra Brené Brown (born November 18, 1965) is an American professor, lecturer, author, and podcast host. Brown holds the Brené Brown Endowed Chair at the University of Houston's Graduate College of Social Work and is a visiting professor in management at McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

Having spent her career studying the concepts of courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and having authored seven books including five New York Times best-sellers, Brown hosts the Unlocking Us podcast, and her TED talk, "The Power of Vulnerability", has been widely viewed. Her filmed lecture, Brené Brown: The Call to Courage, debuted on Netflix in 2019.

Early life and education

Casandra Brené Brown was born in 1965 in San Antonio, Texas, where her parents, Charles Arthur Brown and Casandra Deanne Rogers, baptized her in the Episcopal church. When her family moved to New Orleans, they brought her up as a Catholic. She left the church for two decades and later returned to it with her husband, Steve Alley, and their two children. The family now lives in Houston. She completed a BSW at the University of Texas at Austin in 1995, followed by a MSW in 1996 and a PhD in social work at the University of Houston in 2002.


Brown has spent her research career as a professor at her alma mater, the University of Houston's Graduate College of Social Work. With research focused on the themes of authentic leadership and wholeheartedness in families, schools, and organizations, she has presented a 2012 TED talk and two 2010 TEDx talks. In March 2013, she talked with Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday about her book, Daring Greatly. Brown says she drew the title of that book from a 1910 Theodore Roosevelt speech "Citizenship in a Republic", given at the Sorbonne. Brown is CEO of “The Daring Way,” a professional training and certification program on the topics of vulnerability, courage, shame, and empathy.

Published works

  • 2007: "Feminist Standpoint Theory" and "Shame Resilience Theory". In S. P. Robbins, P. Chatterjee & E. R. Canda (Eds.), Contemporary human behavior theory: A critical perspective for social work. Boston: Allyn and Bacon. 560 pp. ISBN 978-0134779263
  • 2007: I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn't): Telling the truth about perfectionism, inadequacy and power. Avery. 336 pp. ISBN 978-1592403356
  • 2009: Connections: A 12-session psychoeducational shame-resilience curriculum. Center City, MN: Hazelden. ISBN 978-1592857425
  • 2010: The Gifts of Imperfection: Let go of who you think you're supposed to be and embrace who you are. Center City, MN: Hazelden. 160 pp. ISBN 978-1592858491
  • 2012: Daring Greatly: How the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead. New York City: Gotham. 320 pp. ISBN 978-1592408412
  • 2015: Rising Strong: The reckoning, the rumble, the revolution. Spiegel & Grau, now Random House. 352 pp. ISBN 978-0812985801
  • 2017: Braving the Wilderness: The quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone. Random House. 208 pp. ISBN 978-0812985818
  • 2018: Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. Random House. 320 pp. ISBN 978-0399592522
  • 2020: The Gifts of Imperfection: 10th Anniversary Edition. 256 pp. ISBN 0593133587

Honours and awards

In 2009 Houston Woman Magazine voted Brown one of the city's most influential women. She has also received teaching awards, including the Graduate College of Social Work's Outstanding Faculty Award. In 2016 the Huffington Foundation pledged $2 million over four years to endow a research chair in her name at the Graduate College of Social Work, where she guides the training of social work students in grounded theory methodology and in her research into vulnerability, courage, shame, and empathy.

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