Nadia E. Brown

Nadia E. Brown

Associate Professor // Political Science

Associate Professor // SIS // African-American Studies

Associate Professor // SIS

Affiliated Faculty // SIS // American Studies

Political Science Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Committee, Chair

Ph.D. Rutgers University
B.A. Howard University, Magna Cum Laude

Office Information

Office: BRNG 2232
Office Phone: (765) 494-0460
Office Fax: (765) 494-0833
Office Hours: By Appointment



American Politics
Politics, Groups, and Identities


Edited Volume: Brown, Nadia E., & Sarah Allen Gershon, (Eds.). 2016. Distinct Identities: Minority Women in U.S. Politics. Routledge.

Go to Nadia E. Brown, Sisters in the Statehouse: Black Women and Le… (Oxford Press, 2014).
Reviwed in: National Political Science Review, and on the London School of Economics (LSE) Book
Review blog

Refereed Journal Articles

Brown, Nadia and Sarah Allen Gershon. 2016. "Intersectional Presentations: An Exploratoratory Study of Minority Congresswomen's Websites Biographies." Du Bois Review. 13 (1) 85-108.

Brown, Nadia and Lisa Young. 2015. "Ratchet Politics: Moving Beyond Black Women's Bodies to Indict Institutions and Structures." National Political Science Review. 17(2): 45-56.

Minta, Michael and Nadia Brown, 2014. "Intersecting Interests: Gender, Race and Congressional Attention to Women's Issues." Du Bois Review 11(2): 253-272.

Brown, Nadia. 2014. “Political Participation of Women of Color: An Intersectional Analysis.” Journal of Women, Politics & Policy 35(4): 315-48.

Brown, Nadia. 2014. "Black Women's Pathways to the Statehouse: The Impact of Race/Gender Identities." National Political Science Review. 16, 81-96.

Orey, B. D'Andra, Nadia Brown. 2014. "Black Women State Legislators - Elector Trend Data 1995-2011." National Political Science Review, 16, 143-147.

Brown, Nadia. 2014. "It's More Than Hair...And You Do Care: The Politics of Appearance for Black Women State Legislators." Politics, Groups, and Identities. 2(3), 295-312.

Banks, Kira Hudson, Tracey Murray, Nadia Brown and Wizdom Powell Hammond. 2014. "The Impact of Feminist Attitudes on the Relation between Racial Awareness and Racial Identity." Sex Roles: A Research Journal, 70(5-6), 232-239.

Brown, Nadia, and Kira Hudson Banks. 2014. Black Women’s Agenda Setting in the Maryland State Legislature.
Journal of African American Studies, 18(2), 164-180.

Book Chapters

Brown, Nadia E. and Sarah Allen Gershon. Forthcoming. “Race, Gender and Symbolic Representation: A Study of the
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.” In Extending the C-SPAN Archives: Continuing the Research, ed. Robert X. Browning. Purdue University Press.

Brown, Nadia E., Michael Minta and Valeria Sinclair-Chapman. 2015. “Personal Narratives and RepresentationStrategies: Using C-Span Oral Histories to Examine Key Concepts in Minority Representation.” In Exploring the C-SPAN Archives: Advancing the Research Agenda, ed. Robert X. Browning. Purdue University Press.

Brown, Nadia, Guillermo Caballero, Fernando Tormos, Allison Wong, Sharonda Woodford, Forthcoming. "Black Women Lawmakers and 2nd Wave Feminism: An Intersectional Analysis on Generational Cohorts within Southern State Legislatures from 1990-2014.) In 18 Million Cracks: The Legacy on Second-Wave Feminism In American Politics, eds. Angie Maxwell and Todd Shields. The University of Arkansas Press.

Brown, Nadia. 2013. “Black Women’s Legislative Influence.” In Black Women in Leadership: Their Historical and Contemporary Contributions, eds. Dannielle J. Davis & Cassandra Chaney. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Junn, Jane and Nadia Brown. 2008. “What revolution? Incorporating intersectionality in women and politics.” In Political Women and American Democracy, eds. Christina Wolbrecht, Karen Beckwith, and Lisa Baldez. (pp. 64-78) New York: Cambridge University Press.

Manuscripts under Review

"Personal Narratives and Representation Strategies: Using C-Span Oral Histories to Examine Key Concepts in Minority Representation." (with Michael D. Minta and Valeria Sinclair-Chapman) Book Chapter Manuscript

“To Our Mutual Good: Embodying Black Feminism in A Black Male/Black Female Mentoring Relationship.”
(with Jonathan C. Smith) Book Chapter Manuscript

Submissions under Preparation

“The Intersectionality of Race, Gender and Party: Examination of Bill Sponsorship in State Legislators.” (with Byron D’Andra Orey) Article Manuscript

"Loving my Hair, Body, and Skin tone: Radical Black Feminist Autoethnographic Practice in Political Science." Article Manuscript

"Hermanas and Sistahs Do It Differently: The Intersectional Priorities of Latina and African American Congresswomen." (with Amy Knutsen*) Article Manuscript

"Personal Narratives and Representation Strategies: Using C-Span Oral Histories to Examine Key Concepts in Minority Representation." (with Michael D. Minta and Valeria Sinclair-Chapman) Article Manuscript

Co-Leader, Diversity and Inclusion: Policy Working Group (with Valeria Sinclair-Chapman)

Co-Editor, Minority Women in U.S. Politics (with Sarah Allen Gershon), Book Manuscript

*denotes graduate student co-author


C-SPAN Educational Foundation Grant (2014) - $2,500 (with Michael Minta and Valeria Sinclair-Chapman

Marguerite Ross Barnett Research Grant, American Political Science Association (2014) - $1,200

Butler Center: Faculty Scholar Grant, Purdue University (2014) - $1,500

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