Office: McGannon Hall, Room 126
Office Hours: Spring 2013- Thursday 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.; and by appointment
Dr. Nadia Brown, Assistant Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Saint Louis University, teaches and conducts research in the areas of American politics, race and ethnicity, as well as women and politics. She joined the department in 2010.
Education and background. Dr. Brown received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2010 in the fields of women and politics and American politics with a certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. Her dissertation and current research analyzes how the intersectional identities and subgroup membership of female Black legislators in the Maryland state legislature shapes their legislative decisions in comparison to White men, White women, and Black men. Dr. Brown received a B.A. (also in Political Science) from Howard University in 2004. She has previously taught at Rutgers University, University of Hartford, Fairleigh Dickerson University, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Middlesex County College. She held the Jackie McLean dissertation completion fellowship from the University of Hartford in 2009-2010.
Teaching. Dr. Brown teaches introductory and upper-level courses in American politics with a focus on race and gender.
Research. Dr. Brown's current research focuses on the role that identity plays in legislative decision-making and representation. Specifically, her project explores the complexities of representing the intersections of race, gender, and class in policy deliberations by investigating how Black female office holders legislate 'intersectional issues' that are pertinent to members of marginally disadvantaged subgroups. Her dissertation, The Intersection of Race and Gender on Representation - Black Women Legislators' Impact on Legislation, analyzes how the intersectional identities and subgroup membership of Black women officeholders shapes their legislative decisions. She finds that Black women office holders recognize that important inequalities persist between marginalized and dominant racial, gender, or economic groups. The project concludes that Black women Maryland state legislators unconsciously bring intersectionality theory to bear of the decision-making process when proposing, developing, negating, or advocating for legislation that affects marginalized subgroups as a result of racialized and gendered identity formation. This dissertation shows how Black women state legislators of Maryland use an intersectional identity to mediate policy preferences.
Dr. Brown is currently working on revising the dissertation into a book manuscript. In addition, she is working on exploring intra-group differences among Black women state legislators to explore the complexity within groups. Namely, she is exploring generational differences among Black women state legislators as it relates to legislators' policy preferences and the legislative decision-making process.