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Jennifer N. Brass

Assistant Professor
(812) 855-1460
SPEA Room 457

Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 2010
M.A., University of California at Berkeley, 2004
B.S. (Magna Cum Laude), Georgetown University, 1999

Professional Experience

  • Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Assistant Professor, 2010 to present
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies, Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, 2013-present
  • Affiliated Faculty, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science
  • Faculty, African Studies Program
  • Faculty, Center on Philanthropy

Awards, Honors & Certifications

  • International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR). Emerging Scholar Award of Merit. Dissertation award presented at the 10th bi-annual international conference, July 2012.
  • African Politics Conference Group, Winner of the inaugural APCG Lynne Rienner Award for Best Dissertation in African Politics, 2009-2010. Awarded at APSA 2011.
  • Mitsui Environmental Fund. Mitsui Environment Fund Fiscal 2010 Research Grant, 2011-2012.
  • Sustainability Research Development Grant, Indiana University Office of Sustainability, 2011-2012.
  • Dissertation-Year Award, UC Berkeley, 2009-2010.
  • Rocca Scholarship in Advanced African Studies, UC Berkeley, 2008-2009.
  • Graduate Division, UC Berkeley, Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship, 2006-2007.
  • National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship (three years), 2004-2007.
  • Georgetown University, ‘Africa Medal’ for outstanding undergraduate thesis, 1999.

Professional Interests
African politics, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), energy and international development, comparative public administration, governance, civil society, political economy of development

Selected Publications
Full Vita (pdf)

  • Matthew G. Baggetta and Jennifer N. Brass. 2014. “Context-Based Instruction: What Traditional Social Science Disciplines Offer to Nonprofit Management Education” Journal of Public Affairs Education 20:4.
  • Jonathan H. Hassid and Jennifer N. Brass. Forthcoming. “Scandals, Media and Government Responsiveness in China and Kenya.” Journal of Asian and African Studies.
  • Elizabeth Baldwin, Jennifer N. Brass, Sanya Carley, and Lauren M. MacLean. Forthcoming. “Electrification and Rural Development: Issues of Scale in Distributed Generation.” WIREs: Energy and Environment.
  • Jennifer N. Brass. “Blurring the Boundaries: NGOs and Government in Kenyan Service Provision.” 2014. in Melani Cammet and Lauren M. Maclean (eds.) The Politics of Non-State Social Welfare in the Global South. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
  • Jennifer N. Brass, Sanya Carley, Lauren M. MacLean and Elizabeth Baldwin. 2012. “Power for Development: A Review of Distributed Generation Projects in the Developing World.” Annual Review of Environment & Resources, 37: 107-36.
  • Brass, Jennifer N. 2012. "Blurring Boundaries: The Integration of NGOs into the Governance of Kenya." Governance. 25:2, 209-235.
  • Brass, Jennifer N. 2012. “Why Do NGOs Go Where They Go? Evidence from Kenya.” World Development. 40:2, 387-401.
  • David K. Leonard, Jennifer N. Brass, Michael Nelson, Sophal Ear, Dan Fahey, Tasha Fairfield, Martha Johnson Gning, Michael Halderman, Brendan McSherry, Devra C. Moehler, Wilson Prichard, Robin Turner, Tuong Vu and Jeroen Dijkman. 2010. “Does Patronage Still Drive Politics for the Rural Poor in the Developing World? A Comparative Perspective from the Livestock Sector.” Development & Change. 41:3, 475-494.
  • Brass, Jennifer, 2008. “Djibouti’s Unusual Resource Curse.” Journal of Modern African Studies. 46:4, 523-545.
  • Brass, Jennifer, 2007. “The Political Economy of Livestock Policy: The Case of Djibouti.” Addis Ababa and Djibouti: Intergovernmental Authority on Development Livestock Policy Initiative.
  • Brass, Jennifer with Brendan McSherry, 2007. “The Political Economy of Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Reform in Kenya.” Addis Ababa and Djibouti: Intergovernmental Authority on Development Livestock Policy Initiative.