Dana Brown

Executive Director, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Pennsylvania Center for Women & Politics Chatham University

Dr. Dana Brown began her tenure as the executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics and assistant professor of political science at Chatham University in July of 2010. Dr. Brown earned her doctorate in American Politics and Women and Politics at Rutgers University where she also received her master's degree in political science. Dr. Brown has presented research on women in politics, political psychology, political media, and political participation by women of color.

Dr. Brown is also active in the community. She currently serves in the following capacity: Governor Wolf's Pennsylvania Commission for Women, Adagio Health's Advisory Council, a Pennsylvania delegate to the VisionForward program at the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel University, and the Pennsylvania Advisory Committee to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

Dr. Brown's work and leadership in women and politics has been recognized in the following ways: the Obama White House acknowledged her work at the Center by inviting her to participate in a conference on girls' leadership and civic education. In 2014 Dr. Brown was recognized in Pittsburgh Magazine as one of Pittsburgh's "40 Under 40." In 2018 City & State PA recognized Dr. Brown as one of 25 women from across the Commonwealth who have exhibited exemplary leadership in their field as well as earning AAUW PA's Gateway to Equity Award. In March 2022, she was recognized as one of 40 women across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who go “Above and Beyond” in City & State PA Women’s History Month special issue.