Ronald Brown

Faculty Profile

Associate Professor


Political Science






656 West Kirby St.
2013 Faculty/Administration Building

Selected Publications

  • Ronald E. Brown, Davin Phoenix, and James S. Jackson, “Turning the Wheels: Striving and Black American Social Identity in the 21st Century”, National Political Science Review, A Publication of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Volume 20.2, pp.129-148. 2019.
  • R. Khari Brown, Edward Eschler, Ronald E. Brown, "Political Congregations, Race, & Environmental Policy Attitudes," Manuscript ID JSSR-OA-08-2019-179, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, (Accepted for publication, August 2020).
  • R. Khari Brown, Ronald E. Brown, Angela Kaiser, Race, Religious Tradition, and Environmental Conservation, Race, Religious Tradition, and Environmental Conservation, Sociology of Religion, sraa028,, September 22, 2020.
  • R. Khari Brown, Ronald Brown, and James S. Jackson, Race, Religion and Politics in America, University of Michigan Press, forthcoming, 2021.

Courses taught

  • Undergraduate: American Government, American Government for APEX Students, Detroit Politics, Religion and Politics, African American Politics
  • Study Abroad, Honors College and Political Science, African Democracy Project, Ghana, 2012,  Winter Break, 2020, Travel Abroad to Toronto, cancelled because of panademic, winter 2020  
  • Graduate: Independent Readings and Directed Studies
  • Citizen Detroit, undergraduate student civic engagement with Detroit voters

Research Description

Professor Brown teaches classes in African-American Politics, Parties and Elections, Public Opinion and in American Politics. His publications include "The Effects of Religious Messages on Racial Identity and System Blame Among African Americans" (Journal of Politics, 1995) "Political Action" in James S. Jackson's Life in Black America (Sage, 1991), "Severity of Conditions, Racial Identification and Voting Among the Black Elderly (with R. Nacoste) in Roles and Resources of the Black Elderly , and "Racial Belief Systems, Religious Guidance, and African American Political Participation" (with Dawson and Allen) in The National Political Science Review. Professor Brown's current research is in the area of racial differences, and the influence of age and social learning on perceptions of African American political influence. Professor Brown was awarded the Probus Club Academic Achievement Award for Social Sciences and Humanities in 1994.

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