Heath Brown

Heath Brown

Assistant Professor of Public Policy
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Master of International Affairs, The Elliot School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, 1999

Doctorate of Philosophy, Public Policy, The Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, The George Washington University, 2005


Heath Brown is an assistant professor of public policy at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. He has worked at the US Congressional Budget Office as a Research Fellow, at the American Bus Association as a Policy Assistant, and at the Council of Graduate Schools as Research Director.

In addition to his research, Brown is Reviews Editor for Interest Groups & Advocacy and hosts a podcast called New Books in Political Science, www.newbooksinpoliticalscience.com, where he interviews new authors about their political science publications. He is also an expert contributor to The Hill.

Brown currently a co-leader of the New York City Chapter of the Scholar Strategy Network.



Pay-to-Play Politics: How Money Defines the American Democracy (April, 2016) Praeger.

Pay-to-Play Politics examines money and politics from different angles to understand a central paradox of American democracy: why, when the public and politicians decry money as the worst aspect of American politics, are there so few signs of change?

Tea Pary Divided: The Hidden Diversity of a Maturing Movement (2015) Praeger.

You can hear a discussion of the book here: Governmentality and No Jargon

Lobbying the New President: Interests in Transition (2012) Routledge.

Scholarly Articles

"Immigrant-Serving Non-profit Voter Mobilization in Off-Cycle Elections: An Institutional Explanation of Differential Political Participation Patterns" Journal of Civil Society Vol 11 (4) (2015).

"Does Globalization Drive Interest Group Strategy: A Cross-national Study of Outside Lobbying and Social Media" Journal of Public Affairs (2015). DOI: 10.1002/pa.1590.

“Can Lobbying be Taught?” Interest Groups & Advocacy. (with Holyoke Tom and Tim LaPira) (2015).  4 (1): 7-24. 

The Institutional Digital Divide: Immigrant-Serving Nonprofit Organization Adoption of Social Media.” Social Science Computer Review. (2015).  33 (2): 1-16.

"Interest Groups and Presidential Transitions" Congress and the Presidency, no.  2 (2012):  152-170.

"Shopping in the Political Arena: Strategic State and Local Venue Selection by Advocates" (with Tom Holyoke and Jeffrey Henig). State and Local Government Review44, no. 1(2012): 1-13.

 “Policy Dynamics and the Evolution of State Charter School Laws.”  (with Holyoke, Tom, Jeffrey Henig, and Natalie Lacireno-Paquet) (2009) Policy Sciences, 42: 33-50. 

 “Institutional Advocacy and Political Behavior of Charter Schools.” ( with Tom Holyoke, Jeffrey Henig,  and Natalie Lacireno-Paquet) (2007).Political Research Quarterly, 60(2): 202-214.

Personnel Practices in U.S. Charter Schools: Extrinsic Incentives and Teacher Motivation.” Journal of School Choice, (2008) 2(4):415-439.

"Scale of Operations and Locus of Control in Market Versus Mission-Oriented Charter Schools" (with Jeffrey Henig, Tom Holyoke, and Natalie Lacireno-Paquet). Social Science Quarterly 8, no. 5 (2004): 1034-1051.


Brown conducts research on public policy, nonprofit organizations, and elections. He has studied education policy, criminal justice and gun policy, as well as the politics of the nonprofit sector.

He participated in a state-wide debate about redistricting in Virginia in 2010. 

His first book, Lobbying the New President, examined the relationship between interest groups and the presidential transition period. He is completing a book project on immigrants and politics. Portions of that project have been published in Nonprofit Policy ForumSocial Science Computer Review, and forthcoming in the Journal of Civil Society.

His second book, Tea Party Divided: The Hidden Diversity of Maturity Movement, explores money, media, and mobilization in the second phase of the tea party movement.