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Colin Brown

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Assistant Teaching Professor of Political Science

Colin is an assistant teaching professor in Northeastern University’s Department of Political Science. His current research is focused on the effects of electoral rules and laws on the descriptive representation of first-, second- and third-generation immigrants, particularly in Western Europe. His recent work has identified conditions under which the same rules may offer advantages to immigrant minorities while compounding women’s under-representation (or vice-versa), looking at variations in German, Dutch and French local election laws.

Prior to Northeastern, Colin was a college fellow and coordinator of the JFK Memorial Policy Fellows Program at Harvard University. There, he taught courses on comparative political parties and on the politics of citizenship and naturalization. He was also actively involved in the development of Harvard’s GovWrites, a tool to teach writing skills and concepts of academic integrity to undergraduate government concentrators. He maintains an active interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning, including ongoing research projects studying the effectiveness of rubrics and peer review in teaching writing for the social sciences.

Colin received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University in 2015 and his B.A. in political science from the University of Rochester in 2007.

  • American Political Science Association
  • International Association for the Study of German Politics
  • Local Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

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