Prince Brown Jr., associate professor of sociology and Afro-American studies and the director of the Institute for Freedom Studies at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, has announced that he will retire from teaching next month. Brown has taught at the college level for 35 years and has been at Northern Kentucky since 1991.

On accepting Prince Brown’s decision to retire, James Votruba, president of Northern Kentucky University, said, “Prince Brown has distinguished himself as an outstanding teacher, a gifted scholar, and a voice of conscience on behalf of equality and social justice.”

Brown will finish work on a research project he has been conducting for the past eight years on the Underground Railroad.