Donathan Brown

Donathan Brown

Associate Professor and Culture & Communication Major Coordinator, Department of Communication Studies
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences
Faculty, Culture and Communication

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

Dr. Donathan L. Brown is Associate Professor, a 2017 Fulbright Scholar, immediate past Chair of the Ithaca College Diversity Scholars Program and Degree Coordinator of the Culture and Communication program.

In addition, he is the Immediate Past Editor of the Journal of Race and Policy, and has authored and edited four recent books, including Dream and Legacy: Dr. Martin Luther King in the Post-Civil Rights Era (2017); Contemporary Issues for People of Color: Surviving and Thriving in the U.S. Today (2016); Voting Rights Under Fire: The Continuing Struggle for People of Color (2015); & When Race and Policy Collide: Contemporary Immigration Debates (2014). 

Dr. Brown conducts research at the intersection of race, rhetoric, and public policy, particularly pertaining to African Americans and Latinos. Dr. Brown has made various media appearances via television on the set of the Emmy awarding winning news talk show, Fresh Outlook (clips of his segments can be found here and online). In print, via multiple stories in the Christian Science Monitor, the Huffington PostLa Opinión, La Raza, along with news and political outlets in Slovenia, (here and here). In addition, Dr. Brown has made various radio appearances, including via Wisconsin Public Radio and Speaking Freely with Dennis, via KRUU-FM, Iowa. 

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 along with other media clips. 

Dr. Brown has presented research and delivered addresses around the world in conjunction with many universities and academic organizations. Dr. Brown has spoken at Nanyang Technical University (Singapore), 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, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Canada and Thailand.     

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

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

  • Race and Public Policy
  • Intercultural Communication: Cultures in Conflict 
  • Introduction to Culture and Communication 
  • Political 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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