Donathan Brown

Donathan Brown

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences

Specialty:Race and Public Policy, Race & the Supreme Court, Presidential and Political rhetoric.
Phone:(607) 274-7335
Office:432 Muller Center
Ithaca, NY 14850

Dr. Donathan L. Brown, (M.A.,Syracuse University, Ph.D., Texas A&M University), is Assistant Professor, Editor of the Journal of Race and Policy and the lead author of the book, When Race and Policy Collide: Contemporary Immigration Debates (2014). 


Dr. Brown, and co-author, Dr. Michael Clemons, have just completed a new book on race and voting rights, entitled, "Voting Rights Under Fire: The Continuing Struggle for People of Color." Specifically targeting the rise of voter identification laws around the country and its retrogressive impact upon communities of color, this book will analyze both the legal and political debates surrounding this controversy. This book, to be published by Praeger, through their "Racism in American Institution Series," is slated for release in 2015.  

Dr. Brown conducts research at the intersection of race, rhetoric and public policy, particularly pertaining to African Americans and Latinos. Specifically, such research has come to entail (1) the correlation between race and the official/national language movement and (2) Latinos and state orchestrated immigration reform and the political/legal fallout such policies produce. His work crosses Communication Studies, Law, and Political Science. Be sure to click the link on the left to see a few snippets from his interview in conjunction with the Ithaca College Expert series on his work pertaining to race and official language policies.  

Dr. Brown has presented research and delivered addresses around the world in conjunction with many universities and academic organizations. Dr. Brown has spoken at the Tshwane University of Technology (Pretoria, South Africa), National University of Ireland (Galway), University of Innsbruck (Austria), University of Ghent (Belgium), Jagiellonian University (Krakow), College of the Bahamas (Nassau), University of Maribor (Slovenia) and at other academic organizations in the United States, Latin America, India, Sri Lanka and Canada.    

His research has appeared in the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy (2013), the International Journal of Discrimination and the Law (2013 & 2012), the Journal of Latino and Latin American Studies (2013), the Journal of Race and Policy (2012), Counterterrorism: From the Cold War to the War on Terror (2012), Studies In Ethnicity and Nationalism (2012), the Routledge Companion to Race and Ethnicity (2012), Communication Law Review (2011), Anti-Immigration in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia (2011), the Widener Journal of Law, Economics & Race (2010), Racism, Slavery and Literature (2010), Domestic Policy Discourse in the New World Order (2010).  

On the public policy side, Dr. Brown has performed various functions in both the House of Representatives and most recently in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington D.C.

 Thus far, Dr. Brown has and/or will teach the following courses:

  • Communication, Race and Public Policy
  • Intercultural Communication: Cultures in Conflict 
  • Introduction to Culture and Communication 
  • Campaigns and Elections 
  • Electing the President

When not teaching, researching and/or writing, Dr. Brown studies severe weather forecasting, the Fourth Amendment, listens to public radio, hikes the Adirondack "High Peaks," and watches collegiate football, basketball & track and field.  

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