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Assistant Teaching Professor of Political Science

Colin Brown’s 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.

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  • Introduction to Comparative Politics

    POLS 1155

    Presents a comparative study of political organization and behavior in a range of countries beyond the United States. Topics includes political culture, political economy, governing institutions, leadership, and political participation.