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Quinnipiac University
2016 election, public policy, race and politics, public opinion, criminal justice
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Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean is a nationally-known and respected expert on the political dynamics surrounding the American criminal justice system. She is featured in the CPTV documentary, “The Color of Justice,” and serves on the Board of Directors for Prison Policy Initiative; a non-partisan, non-profit organization that documents the impact of mass incarceration on communities across the nation. Brown-Dean’s substantive expertise is in American elections, race and ethnic politics, urban politics, and public policy. She has authored numerous academic and popular pieces and is a frequent political analyst, adviser, and commentator for numerous agencies and organizations including The New York Times, The Congressional Black Caucus, NPR, WURD, CNN, The Wall Street Journal,, Crisis Magazine, Fox News Radio,, Uptown Magazine, The Comcast Network, The Washington Post, the American Urban Radio Network, and Dominion of New York. She is a frequent guest on WNPR’s “Where We Live” and has a weekly segment on Connecticut’s ABC affiliate, WTNH.


Recent Publications
  • Brown-Dean, Khalilah L. and Benjamin Jones. 2015. “Building Authentic Power: A Study of the Campaign to Repeal Connecticut’s Death Penalty.” Politics, Groups, and Identities. 
  •  “Counting Bodies and Ballots: Prison Gerrymandering and the Paradox of Urban Political Representation” forthcoming in Urban Citizenship and American Democracy: The Historical and Institutional Roots of Local Politics and Policy by Amy Bridges and Michael Javen Fortner (SUNY Press, Forthcoming).



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