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Colin Brown

Colin is an assistant teaching professor in Northeastern University’s Department of Political Science. His current research agenda is focused on electoral and institutional rules that have large, independent, and often unintended effects on the descriptive representation of immigrants and their descendants, 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 Harvard College fellow and coordinator of the JFK Memorial Policy Fellows Program at Harvard's Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. He maintains an active interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning, including ongoing research projects studying the effectiveness of writing instruction in political science.

Brown 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.


  • Assistant Teaching Professor of Political Science, Northeastern University
  • Local Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

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