Nadia Brown, Ph.D.

brown957@purdue.edu

Purdue University

Phone: 9087204554

Country: United States (Indiana)

About Me:

Nadia E. Brown (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is a University Scholar and Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Purdue University. She specializes in Black women’s politics and holds a graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. Dr. Brown's research interests lie broadly in identity politics, legislative studies, and Black women's 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. Brown’s Sisters in the Statehouse: Black women and Legislative Decision Making (Oxford University press, 2014) has been awarded the National Conference of Black Political Scientists’ 2015 W.E.B. DuBois Distinguished Book Award, 2015 Anna Julia Cooper Award from the Association for the Study of Black Women and Politics, and the 2015 Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion at Purdue University Faculty Research Award. Along with Sarah Allen Gershon, Professor Brown co-edited Distinct Identities: Minority Women in U.S. Politics (Routledge Press 2016). She regularly teaches the following courses: Black Political Participation; Black Women Rising; Introduction to African American Studies; and Race and Ethnicity in American Politics. Professor Brown is also the co-lead editor of Politics, Groups and Identities.

Research Interests

Race, Ethnicity and Politics

Legislative Politics

Gender and Politics

Specific Areas of Interest

Intersectionality

Black Women's Politics

Legislative Studies

My Research:

Professor Brown received her PhD in Political Science in 2010 from Rutgers University, with major fields in Women and Politics and American Politics.  She also holds a graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. Dr. Brown's research interests lie broadly in identity politics, legislative studies, and Black women's 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 came to Purdue in 2013 after initially teaching at St. Louis University.

Brown’s  Sisters in the Statehouse: Black women and Legislative Decision Making (Oxford University press, 2014) has been awarded the National Conference of Black Political Scientists’ 2015 W.E.B. DuBois Distinguished Book Award. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and book reviews that focus on identity politics in general and Black women's politics more specifically. Her current research projects address the politics of appearance for Black women candidates and lawmakers.  She and Professor Sarah Gershon (Georgia State University), have coedited  Distinct Identities (Routledge Press, 2016) on the intersection of race, ethnicity and gender in American Politics.

Dr. Nadia E. Brown is the recipient of the Midwest Women’s Caucus for Political Science Early Career Award (2013-2014). Her research has been funded by grants from the American Political Science Association, the Butler Center for Leadership and Excellence, the Mellon Foundation and the C-SPAN Educational Foundation. Dr. Brown held the Jackie McLean Dissertation Fellowship at the University of Hartford (2009-2010).