Short Biography

President BrownM. Christopher Brown II is the 18th president of the nation’s first historically black land-grant institution, Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi. He is the former executive vice president and provost of the historic Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee where he held the rank of university professor. He previously served as dean of the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, vice president for Programs and Administration at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, director of Social Justice and Professional Development for the American Educational Research Association, as well as former executive director and chief research scientist of the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute of the United Negro College Fund.  Dr. Brown also held faculty appointments at The Pennsylvania State University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

He earned a national reputation for his research and scholarly writing on education policy, governance/administration, and institutional contexts meriting him both the Association for the Study of Higher Education (2001) and American Educational Research Association (2002) early career research awards, as well as the 2007 Philip C. Chinn Book Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education, and the 2008 Association of Teacher Educators Distinguished Educator Award.

Dr. Brown is the author/editor of fifteen books and monographs, as well as author/co-author of more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and publications related to education and society.  Dr. Brown has lectured and/or presented scholarship in various countries on six continents – Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.  Dr. Brown received his Ph.D. in Higher Education with cognates in Public Administration and Political Science from The Pennsylvania State University.  He has received research support from the Lumina Foundation, Spencer Foundation, AT&T Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Sallie Mae Fund, as well as other foundations and corporations. 

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