Lara Brown is an associate professor and program director of the Political Management Program in the Graduate School of Political Management.
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). She is also the co-editor of Campaigning for President 2016: Strategies and Tactics (Routledge, 2017). Dr. Brown has also authored several book chapters in edited volumes and articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as Congress and the Presidency, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and American Politics Research. She served as a regular contributor to U.S. News & World Report’s Thomas Jefferson Street blog, and now, she writes blogs for The Hill.
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.
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.