Professor Stephen Brown

Subject: Political Science

Department/Institution: School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada

Contact details: brown@uottawa.ca


Stephen Brown is Professor at the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa, where he is also affiliated with the School of International Development and Global Studies. His research focuses mainly on the intersection of the policies and practices of Northern countries and other international actors with politics in Southern countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Professor Brown has published on democratisation, political violence, peacebuilding and transitional justice/rule of law in Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique and Rwanda. Much of his recent research has been on foreign aid, for which he has conducted fieldwork in Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Mongolia and Peru. Since 2009 he has held visiting researcher positions in Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

During the 2021/22 academic year, in addition to being a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Professor Brown holds a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship at the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies, Department of Politics and International Studies, and a Visiting Fellowship at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. He is working primarily on a project on 'Foreign Aid and LGBTI Rights in the Global South: International and Local Dynamics', funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). He will also begin work on a new SSHRC-funded project, 'Strategic Litigation and the Decriminalisation of Homosexuality in Sub-Saharan Africa', which will involve in-depth studies of court challenges in Kenya, Botswana and Mauritius.