Donathan Brown

Donathan Brown

Associate Professor, 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 an Associate Professor, a 2017 U.S. Fulbright Professor, and the inaugural Director of Faculty Diversity and Development for the School of Humanities and Sciences.

Dr. Brown, an expert in race and public policy, particularly as it pertains to African Americans and Latinos, was the Immediate Past Editor of the Journal of Race and Policy, and has authored and edited four recent books. These include: 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 continues to expand the reach of his research internationally, speaking on topics related to race, ethnicity, and social policy all over the globe. In addition, Dr. Brown continues to exemplify teaching excellence in the classroom by earning five teaching awards in the past six years, including the Ithaca College Faculty Excellence Award, the institutions highest honor. 

Dr. Brown has made various media appearances via television on the set of the Emmy awarding winning news talk show, Fresh Outlook. In print, via multiple stories in Forbes, US News and World Report, the Christian Science Monitor, the Huffington PostLa Opinión, La Raza, Avvo,along with news and political outlets in Slovenia, (here and here). In addition, Dr. Brown has made various radio appearances, via the Canadian Broadcast Cooperation,  Wisconsin Public Radio and Speaking Freely with Dennis, via KRUU-FM, Iowa. 

 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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