I am an associate professor of political science at Brigham Young University; a faculty scholar with BYU's Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy; and the 2018-2021 Mollie and Karl Butler Young Scholar at the Redd Center for Western Studies.

My research leverages differences among the American states to make broader inferences about governance. In addition to work comparing data from all 50 states, I have also published a book analyzing Utah politics specifically. You may download my CV  or view my Google Scholar profile.


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I teach courses on state politics, public lands, Congress, voter behavior, and American politics generally. I also have the privilege of training and mentoring the interns that BYU sends to the Utah Legislature each winter.

My wife, Janelle, is a full-time mom, part-time harpist, and all-time rockstar. We have three boys whose awesomeness defies description. If I'm not in the office or wrangling the kids, you can usually find me wandering the mountains. Actually, usually you can't. That's sort of the point.

Email (best)     brown@byu.edu
Twitter @poliARB
Office 772 KMBL
Phone (801) 422-2182
California redwoods (2017)
California redwoods (2017)
Old North Bridge: Where the Revolution began (2017)
Old North Bridge: Where the Revolution began (2017)
Canyonlands (2017)
Canyonlands (2017)
Frozen Utah Lake (2016)
Frozen Utah Lake (2016)
Mt Timpanogos: World's most majestic toilet (2016)
Mt Timpanogos: World's most majestic toilet (2016)
Shooting our pumpkins (2016)
Shooting our pumpkins (2016)
San Diego (2016)
San Diego (2016)
Backpacking the Uintahs (2016)
Backpacking the Uintahs (2016)
Philadelphia's Independence Hall (2016)
Philadelphia's Independence Hall (2016)
Camping at Diamond Fork (2016)
Camping at Diamond Fork (2016)
Bryce Canyon (2016)
Bryce Canyon (2016)
Sledding Big Spring (2016)
Sledding Big Spring (2016)
Drinking rain at Sundance (2015)
Drinking rain at Sundance (2015)
Snow Canyon (2015)
Snow Canyon (2015)
Seatbelts saved us in a rollover (2015)
Seatbelts saved us in a rollover (2015)
Mesa Verde (2015)
Mesa Verde (2015)
Hovenweep (2015)
Hovenweep (2015)
Flyfishing the Uintahs (2015)
Flyfishing the Uintahs (2015)
Capitol Reef (2015)
Capitol Reef (2015)
Bear Lake (2015)
Bear Lake (2015)
POLI 325 field trip to Arches (2015)
POLI 325 field trip to Arches (2015)
Springtime in Yellowstone (2014)
Springtime in Yellowstone (2014)
Fishing at Wasatch Mountain (2014)
Fishing at Wasatch Mountain (2014)
My boys (2013)
My boys (2013)
My family (2013)
My family (2013)
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 (2012)
The Utah Capitol (2012)
Autumn aspen behind Mt Timpanogos (2010)
Autumn aspen behind Mt Timpanogos (2010)
Site of the Boston Massacre (2010)
Site of the Boston Massacre (2010)
Plimoth Plantation, Massachusetts (2010)
Plimoth Plantation, Massachusetts (2010)
They grow so fast (2010)
They grow so fast (2010)
He was so little (2009)
He was so little (2009)
How was he ever so small? (2008)
How was he ever so small? (2008)
Happy family (2007)
Happy family (2007)
San Diego (2007)
San Diego (2007)
The red beard (2007)
The red beard (2007)