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Heath Brown

Affiliations
Associate Professor of Public Management, The Graduate Center and John Jay College, City University of New York
Areas of Expertise:
  • Civic Engagement
  • Revitalizing U.S. Democracy
  • School Reform
  • Immigration

About Heath

Brown’s focus is on interest group politics, nonprofit organizations, and public policy. He has been published on presidential transitions, education policy, and increasingly, in the area of immigration. Brown is particularly interested in how nonprofit organizations advocate and lobby in the policy process, as well as in the ways in which transitions between regimes, at the national, state, and local levels, involve the public in personnel and policy decision-making. In addition to his academic work, Brown has served as Policy Director of the Council of Graduate Schools where he frequently worked with the National Science Foundation, Department of State, and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He also worked as a policy analyst for the American Bus Association and fellow for the Congressional Budget Office.

Briefs

How Nonprofits Can Boost Immigrant Voter Turnout

Podcast

Publications

The Tea Party Divided (Praeger Press, 2015).
Focuses on understanding the diversity within the party, challenging the notion that the Tea Party is a homogeneous political movement defined mainly by its ultra-conservatism, regionalism, and rigid political orthodoxy.
"Interest Groups and Presidential Transitions" Congress and the Presidency 38, no. 2 (2012): 152-170.
Studies the role interest groups have played during past presidential transitions with a particular interest in the 2008 transition of Barack Obama. Certain organizations receive favorable treatment during the transition period, in part because of their close affiliation with the campaign and candidates.
"Shopping in the Political Arena: Strategic State and Local Venue Selection by Advocates" (with Tom Holyoke and Jeffrey Henig). State and Local Government Review 44, no. 1 (2012): 1-13.
Examines how charter schools in the US advocate for students with state officials versus local officials. Applies the theory of venue shopping to school reform.
Lobbying the New President: Interests in Transition (Routledge, 2012).
Studies the role interest groups have played during past presidential transitions with a particular interest in the 2008 transition of Barack Obama. Groups that were closely aligned with the incoming administration were more active than those hostile to the new administration.
"Assessing the Voice of Immigrant-Serving Nonprofits in the 2012 Election" Nonprofit Quarterly (2013).
Finds that 60% of immigrant-serving nonprofit were inactive in 2012, but 40% were involved in registering, educating, and mobilizing immigrant voters.
"Immigrant-Serving Nonprofits and Philanthropic Foundations" Nonprofit Policy Forum (2013).
Argues that the rights have immigrants have been at the center of a complex financial push-and-pull from the Left and the Right. At the same time millions of dollars have been granted by major foundations to nonprofits advocating for immigrants, a different set of foundations have pushed for much tighter and restrictive immigration policies.

In the News

"The Transparent Transition That Was Not to Be," Heath Brown, Demos, March 24, 2017.
"Why Lobbyists Care So Much about Cabinet Hearings," Heath Brown, The Hill, January 10, 2017.
"Nonprofits May Hold Key to Immigrant Turnout in 2016," Heath Brown, The American Prospect, September 27, 2016.
"What We Can Learn about Immigration from One Democratic Convention Speaker," Heath Brown, Immigration, The Hill, July 25, 2016.
"Presidential Transition Demands Transparency," Heath Brown, The American Prospect, April 29, 2016.
"Why the Trump Presidential Transition Has Just Begun," Heath Brown, The Hill, April 13, 2016.
"Are Trump and Sanders Rewriting the Rules on Money in Politics?," Heath Brown, The Conversation, April 4, 2016.
"Can We Get Independent Voters to Donate?," Heath Brown, The Hill, February 18, 2016.
"On 40th Anniversary of Buckey v. Valeo, Political Consulting Booms," Heath Brown, The Hill, January 27, 2016.
Heath Brown quoted in Rich Lord, "Billionaire Koch Brothers Struggle to Rein in GOP" Chicago Tribune, September 16, 2015.
"Clinton's Campaign Finance Proposal Weak on Details," Heath Brown, The Hill, September 16, 2015.
"How the Tea Party Will Shape Republican Debates," Heath Brown, The Hill, August 4, 2015.
"Jeb Bush Should Reform the Lobbying of His Campaign First," Heath Brown, The Hill, July 22, 2015.
"How Influential is Business in Washington?," Heath Brown, The Hill, June 3, 2015.
"New York at Bargain Basement Prices," Heath Brown, Gotham Gazette, November 6, 2014.
"What Did $4 Billion Buy?," Heath Brown, The Hill, November 6, 2014.
"Will Cantor Register as a Lobbyist?," Heath Brown, The Hill, September 5, 2014.
"Technology Key to Improving NJ Elections," Heath Brown (with Avi Green), New Jersey Star Ledger, April 21, 2014.
"Improve Vetting Process for Attorneys General," Heath Brown, Asbury Park Press, April 4, 2014.
"Campaign Spending Disclosures Make for Better Voters," Heath Brown, New Jersey Star Ledger, March 26, 2014.
Regular contributionsHeath Brown to New Books in Political Science.
"The Virtues of Planning a Transition Early," Heath Brown, The Hill Blog, April 11, 2012.
"If Romney Wins, be Wary of Lobbyists," Heath Brown, The Star Ledger, November 2, 2012.
"Fulfill the Promise of a Transparent Transition," Heath Brown, Huffington Post, November 7, 2012.
Guest to discuss political activity and non-profits on WAMC's Academic Minute, Heath Brown, April 30, 2013.
"Five Lessons from Bridgegate," Heath Brown, The Star Ledger, January 5, 2014.