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Kevin Brown

Discipline Advisor

Kevin Brown, Ph.D, has worked as a history professor at Lansing Community College in Michigan since 2005. Before that he served as an adjunct professor teaching both intro and upper division courses in African history as well as classes in the integrated humanities at Michigan State University.

From 2004-2005 he was the Assistant Director for the Center for Integrative Study in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. As Assistant Director he was responsible for the delivery of a university-wide required intro arts and humanities class with a per-semester enrollment of approximately six thousand students. In 2005 he returned to teaching full-time working at Lansing Community College where he teaches many sections of both halves of the US history survey as well as the occasional introductory African history class and a methods and skills course for majors. From 2005-2009 he worked with his colleague Isaac Addai taking nursing, dental and education students to Ghana on a study abroad focusing on cultural immersion and service learning. In 2008 the Ghana Service Learning program received both a LAND Innovation Award and a TRENDS in Occupational Studies award and the following year the program was recognized for its Leadership in Study Abroad.

His work with the Gardner Institute began in 2013 when he served in the dual roles of co-chair for the colleges Gateway to Completion steering committee as well as head of the committee focusing on improving outcomes in history courses. Kevin Brown received his B.A. in History from Beloit College in Wisconsin and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. His dissertation The Military and Social Change in Colonial Tanganyika, 1919-1964 examined the experiences of African soldiers who served in the British colonial forces from the end of the First World War until the immediate aftermath of independence. While much of his current efforts are focused on pedagogy and making history more interesting, relevant and accessible to his students he maintains strong interests in a wide range of topics related to comparative imperialism and military history.

You can reach him at brown@jngi.org.