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About Me

I was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California. Since that time, I have lived in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Maryland, San Diego, and now Utah. I once spoke Russian well and German poorly, but both are very rusty; try me if you want.

I graduated as political science valedictorian from Brigham Young University in 2004 and earned and my MA (2006) and PhD (2008) at the University of California, San Diego. My research deals broadly with the roles that governors and legislatures play in producing policy in the American states. My CV is available here .

My wife, Janelle, is a full-time mom, part-time harpist, and all-time rockstar. We have three boys, born in 2006, 2009, and 2012. My boys' awesomeness defies description. (So does Janelle's.)

When I'm not in my office or wrangling my boys, you can usually find me wandering the mountains. Actually, usually you can't. That's sort of the point of going there. I'm happy hiking in all conditions—there's no bad weather, just bad gear.

Contact information

Email usually finds me best, but please allow a few days for a reply. Students are welcome to drop by my office.

Email: brown@ at the BYU domain (byu.edu)
Office phone: (801) 422-2182
Office location: 772 SWKT

Mailing address:

Adam R. Brown
Political Science Department
745 SWKT
Provo, UT 84602
My boys (2013)
My boys (2013)
My family (2013)
My family (2013)
Springtime in Yellowstone (2014)
Springtime in Yellowstone (2014)
Fishing at Wasatch Mountain (2014)
Fishing at Wasatch Mountain (2014)
Hiking through Little Wildhorse Canyon (2013)
Hiking through Little Wildhorse Canyon (2013)
Sunset while backpacking at Hayden Lake (2013)
Sunset while backpacking at Hayden Lake (2013)
Walking from Turret Arch to the South Window (2013)
Walking from Turret Arch to the South Window (2013)
Ascending Buffalo Peak in autumn (2013)
Ascending Buffalo Peak in autumn (2013)
Entering Rock Canyon early in the spring (2013)
Entering Rock Canyon early in the spring (2013)
The Utah Capitol, my winter home (2012)
The Utah Capitol, my winter home (2012)
Autumn aspen behind Mt Timpanogos (2010)
Autumn aspen behind Mt Timpanogos (2010)
Lying on the site of the Boston Massacre (2010)
Lying on the site of the Boston Massacre (2010)
Visiting Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts (2010)
Visiting Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts (2010)
Your prize for scrolling: I once had a beard (2007)
Your prize for scrolling: I once had a beard (2007)