Spotlight

Spotlight

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Heath Brown, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration

John Jay College of  Criminal Justice

Dr. Heath Brown is an associate professor of public policy at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, and the CUNY Graduate Center. He conducts research on public policy, nonprofit organiza-tions, and elections. He has studied education policy, criminal justice and gun policy, as well as the politics of the nonprofit sector. He has worked at the US Congressional Budget Office as a Research Fellow, at the American Bus Association as a Policy Assistant, and at the Council of Graduate Schools as Research and Policy Director.

In addition to his research, Brown is Reviews Editor for Interest Groups & Advocacy and hosts a podcast called New Books in Political Science, www.newbooksinpoliticalscience.com, where he interviews new authors about their political science publications. He is also an expert contributor to The Hill as well as to The Atlantic magazine and American Prospect magazine. Brown is currently a co-leader of the New York City Chapter of the Scholar Strategy Network.

Heath Brown was recently awarded a grant from the American Political Science Association Second Cen-tury Fund to support "The Co-Authored Podcast: Disseminating How the Big Collaborations Happen," which hopes to do for political science collaborations what Behind the Music did for music. In VH1’s Be-hind the Music episode on the 80s pop-rock group, The Bangles, we learn that the trio “wanted to be the female Fab 4 or at least Simon and Garfunkel.” In another episode, we discover that Hall and Oates first met at a talent show at the Adelphi Ballroom in Philadelphia and later realized they were both under-graduates at Temple University.

The aim of the podcast is to tell the back-stories behind the seminal collaborative research projects in re-cent political science scholarship. How do teams of researchers help to answer the big political questions of our time about power, inequality, and influence? For example, who coined McNollGast? What made Verba, Scholzman, and Brady tick? More recently, who decides in the Party Decides? And, what’s next for Tesler, Vavrick, and Sides?
Through six 30-minute podcasts divided into two seasons, political scientists and other listeners will learn how co-authorships succeed, fail, and move the discipline forward. The goal is to support a larger conversation about collaboration in the discipline, specifically and social sciences, more generally, espe-cially about how historic barriers around race and gender, may have limited access to collaborative re-search projects, and new approaches to open collaboration to a wider array of scholars and students. The anticipated launch of the first episode of the podcast is 2020.

Heath Brown is the author of a number of scholarly articles, and has published several books, including Immigrants and Electoral Politics: Nonprofit Organizing in a Time of Demographic Change (2016) Cornell University Press; Pay-to-Play Politics: How Money Defines the American Democracy (2016) Praeger; Tea Party Divided: The Hidden Diversity of a Maturing Movement (2015) Praeger; and Lobby-ing the New President: Interests in Transition (2012) Routledge.