Meet 2019 Centennial Center Research Grant Recipient Heath Brown

Heath Brown is associate professor of public policy at the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center, New York, NY. He received funding from the Centennial Center Research Grants program‘s Second Century Fund for his podcast The Co-Authored Podcast: Disseminating How the Big Collaborations Happened.”  

Dr. Brown’s research focuses on the intersection of politics and public policy as well as the role of money in politics. He is especially interested in how interest groups and nonprofits advocate for policy change and mobilize voters.  

Dr. Brown used the APSA Centennial Center funding to launch a podcast series focused on collaboration in political science.

The first episodes of the Co-Authored podcast have focused on the collaborations of: Frank Baumgartner and Bryan Jones; Sidney Verba, Kay Schlozman, and Henry Brady; and the Collaborative Multiracial Post-Election Survey (CMPS) 

The most recent Co-Authored episode focused on collaboration and loss, on the way collaboration in political science transpires during some of the most difficult times. The episode features three scholars. The first is Ken Sherrill, emeritus professor from Hunter College CUNY, who talks about his experiences during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. The second, Dave Hopkins from Boston College, explains how he came to know Nelson Polsby and co-author a textbook with him. And the third, Julia Azari from Marquette University explains the loss of a good friend and co-author. Each shares deeply personal stories about how they’ve collaborated in the past and coped with loss and grief. 

All of the Co-Authored episodes can be found here as well as on iTunes 

In addition to continuing the Co-Authored podcast, He is completing a book on the politics of homeschooling. The book, Homeschooling the Right, is to be published by Columbia University Press and is scheduled for publication in early 2021.  


Since 2003, the Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs has offered scholars a wide selection of funds that can be applied to the costs of research, including travel, interviews, access to archives, or costs for a research assistant. In order to provide additional support to our members during the current crisis, this year the Centennial Center is making research grants more flexible by expanding the categories of costs eligible for fundingEligible costs now include: 1) Research costs associated with interviews and surveys, access to archives, and more 2) Salary support for PIs 3) Salary support for research assistants 4) Per diems regardless of location 5) Research software and hardware, including devices necessary for scholars with disabilities to conduct their research. We recognize that APSA members may have needs not included in the above list. If you have a cost that is not listed here, please contact us at centennial@apsanet.org. Grants typically range from $500-$1500 but funds can be requested in any amount up to $2500 maximum. The next application deadline is June 30. Learn more and apply! 

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