Nadia E. Brown (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is a Professor of Government, chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and affiliate in the African American Studies program at Georgetown University. She is also the lead editor of Politics, Groups and Identities a journal of the Western Political Science Association. Dr. Brown is a founding board member of Women Also Know Stuff. She is also one of the American politics editors at The Monkey Cage.
Professor Brown is an award-winning author, sexual assault advocate, and #AcademicMama. Dr. Brown's research interests lie broadly in identity politics, legislative studies, and Black women's studies. She specializes in Black women’s politics and holds a graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. While trained as a political scientist, her scholarship on intersectionality seeks to push beyond disciplinary constraints to think more holistically about the politics of identity.
Professor Brown is part of the #MeTooPoliSci Collective where she spearheads efforts to stop sexual harassment in the discipline. Alongside Elizabeth Sharrow, Stella Rouse and Rebecca Gill, Brown was awarded a collaborative grant totaling $1,000,794 from the National Science Foundation's ADVANCE program. The project, titled "#MeTooPoliSci Leveraging A Professional Association to Address Sexual Harassment in Political Science," capitalizes on the power that professional associations have to model, facilitate, and incentivize change in the climate and culture of the disciplines they serve through a substantial partnership with the American Political Science Association.
Additionally, Dr. Brown is known for normalizing and lifting up Black motherhood in her academic journey - personal and professionally. A widely sought-after speaker on Black women's politics and experiences with American politics, Dr. Brown brings her full self to the table, which means that her children are with her while she decolonizes spaces previously meant to exclude her/them.
Dr. Brown received her PhD in Political Science from Rutgers University (2010) and is a proud alumna of Howard University (2004). Dr. Brown's preferred pronouns are she/her/hers.
Nadia.Brown [at] Georgetown.edu
Dr. Brown's ongoing research on Black women's politics provides a powerful analytical framework for examining how the policy preferences and legislative behavior of African American women are influenced by experiences with racism and sexism during their lives, reminding scholars and readers alike of the Black feminist belief that the "personal is political".
Since publishing the book "Sisters in the Statehouse: Black Women and Legislative Decision Making" (Oxford, 2014), Dr. Brown has edited three books: "Distinct Identities: Minority Women in U.S. Politics" (Routledge, 2016), "Body Politics"(Routledge, 2019), and "Me Too Political Science" (Routledge, 2019). She also has over 40 publications that have appeared in journals such as Du Bois Review, Politics, Groups, and Identities, PS: Political Science and Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy. She has also guest-edited special issues of journals that have highlighted the role of identity politics.
In addition to her scholarly work, Dr. Brown has also published public scholarship on Black women in/and politics in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and Ozy, and has been cited in outlets like The New York Times and The Washingtonian.
View Dr. Brown's interview with Dr. Andrea Jones-Rody on Intersectionality and Black women's politics.
View Dr. Brown's interview from C-Span where she discusses the increase in women and minority candidates running in the 2018 midterm elections.