Lara Brown

Lara M. Brown, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Interim Director of the Graduate School of Political Management

Lara M. Brown, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Interim Director of the Graduate School of Political Management

Brown is dedicated to enhancing GSPM's reputation as the first and foremost professional school of applied politics, communications, and advocacy. The school provides students the tools and techniques they need to master politics and communications in order to bring about the changes they wish to see in our society and around the world.

A distinguished writer, Dr. Brown is the author of Jockeying for the American Presidency: The Political Opportunism of Aspirants (Cambria Press, 2010), the first systematic study of presidential aspirants from the 1790s through 2008. She co-edited and contributed to a book, entitled: The Presidential Leadership Dilemma: Between the Constitution and a Political Party (SUNY Press, 2013). Dr. Brown has also authored several book chapters in edited volumes and articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as Congress and the PresidencyPresidential Studies Quarterly, and American Politics Research.  She serves as a regular contributor to U.S. News & World Report’s Thomas Jefferson Street blog.

Her current book project (working title: "Mirror Images: The Gilded Age, the Global Age, and Federalism's Revival") is a comparative historical undertaking, which argues that America is presently undergoing a tumultuous period similar to what the country experienced during Gilded Age. Her broader research interests include national elections, presidential aspirants, congressional incumbents, American political parties, and political scandals. She serves on the Board of Advisors of The New Agenda, a “pro-woman” organization devoted to empowering women and improving the lives of girls.

Brown has also published scholarly articles in journals, such as American Politics Research, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Congress and the Presidency, and The Journal of Political Marketing. She has been invited to contribute book chapters to several senior scholars' edited volumes, including those by Professors Michael Nelson, James Pfiffner and Roger Davidson, Robert Maranto, and Michael Genovese. Aside from her interest in presidential elections and leadership, Dr. Brown wrote her dissertation (2001) and has published a number of articles on the electoral fortunes of incumbents from the U.S. House of Representatives who were tarnished by scandals. Further, her original data set that she created for her dissertation has been used and incorporated into other scholars' studies of incumbent scandals. 

She is frequent presence in the media, appearing on dozens of television and radio programs, and serving as an expert on politics, elections, and governance for scores of print publications. She is a regular contributor to U.S. News & World Report's "Thomas Jefferson Street" blog. 

Before coming to George Washington University, Dr. Brown previously served as an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Villanova University. Prior to returning to academia, she worked as an education policy and public affairs consultant. Dr. Brown also served as a political appointee in President William J. Clinton’s administration at the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Brown earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph. D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also earned a M.A. in American politics and public policy from the University of Arizona.