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Mitchell Brown

Mitchell Brown

Curtis O. Liles III Endowed Professor


Political Science

Mitchell Brown

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2227 Haley Center

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PhD, University of Maryland

MA, University of Maryland

MA, The George Washington University

BA, Meredith College

About Me

Mitchell Brown, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Auburn University and is an associate editor of the Journal of Political Science Education (Science of Teaching and Learning), and a founding editor of the Journal of Election Administration Research & Practice. Her broader research agenda focuses on the empowerment efforts of marginalized communities, which she pursues through applied research. She is the author of numerous books, research articles, and reports, including How We Vote: Innovations in American Elections (with Kathleen Hale), The Future of Election Administration (with Kathleen Hale and Bridgett King), Administering Elections: How American Elections Work (with Kathleen Hale and Robert Montjoy), and Applied Research Methods in Public and Non-Profit Organizations, also with Kathleen Hale. From 2015-2018 she served as the director of Auburn University PhD Program in Public Administration and Public Policy and currently co-directs the Election Administration Initiative with Kathleen Hale. She also serves as curricular faculty for the National Association of Election Officials and a member of their board of directors.

In addition to her work at the university, she serves as a researcher, evaluator, trainer and consultant on applied projects around the country focusing on election administration, community building, and a variety of community-based problem solving. She is the recipient of the 2021 Glenn Howze Academic Freedom Award; 2016 and 2013 SGA Outstanding Faculty Awards for the College of Liberal Arts; the 2009 Distinguished Diversity Researcher Award through the Research Initiative for the Study of Diversity under the Office of the Vice President for Research at Auburn University; an Outstanding Service Award in 1998 from the Center for Mental Health Services (SAMHSA, NIH, DHHS) for her work developing a housing fidelity instrument; among others. Brown holds and has held board and leadership positions at the university, in state government, and in non-profit organizations.

Research Interests

marginalized communities, tools for building community capacity