Jarrod Levell Brown Jr. is a first generation college student, born and raised in the San Francisco bay area, and lived the latter years of his teenage life in Merced. His college background begins with receiving his A.A. in psychology from Merced College, a B.A. in psychology with a minor in sociology from CSU, Stanislaus, and two years at Sacramento State's master's in sociology before being accepted to UC Merced for his doctoral studies. Jarrod's research interests are race and ethnicity, education, and stratification. He is currently working on his second year paper analyzing differences between students at continuation high schools and traditional comprehensive high schools.