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M. Christopher Brown II is Vice President for Research and Policy at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Dr. Brown is on leave of absence from his appointment as Associate Professor of Education and Senior Research Associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at The Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Brown earned a national reputation for his research and scholarly writing on higher education policy and administration meriting him both the ASHE (2001) and AERA (2002) early career research awards. His research addresses issues of higher education leadership and governance, postsecondary statutory and legal concerns, institutional history, and collegiate diversity. This scholarly agenda focuses on increasing effectiveness and efficiency, building organizational capacity, and assessing outcomes in campus settings. He is especially well known for his studies of historically black colleges, educational equity, and institutional culture. He is the author or co-author of more than 90 journal articles, book chapters, monographs, and publications related to education and society. Dr. Brown is the author/editor of seven books and monographs – The Quest to Define Collegiate Desegregation (1999), Organization and Governance in Higher Education (2000), Black Sons to Mothers (2000), Equity and Access in Higher Education (2002), Studying Diverse Institutions (2003), Black Colleges (2004), and The Politics of Curricular Change (2005). He has lectured and/or presented scholarship in various countries on four of seven continents – Africa, Australia, Europe, and North 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. He is the former 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.

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