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October 18, 2017
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Andrea M. Brown

Dr. Andrea M. Brown

Associate Professor, Political Science / Undergraduate Advisor / Graduate Faculty Balsillie School of International Affairs

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.2194
Fax: 519-746-3655
Office Location: Room 4-114, Dr. Alvin Woods Building
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Personal Website: http://
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Academic Background

BAH (Political Studies) Queen's University 1992

M.Phil. (Sociology and Politics of Development) Cambridge University 1993

Ph.D. (Political Science) University of Toronto 1999



I have been teaching at Laurier since 2001, in the areas of international development, African politics, and women and politics. All of my courses strive to integrate components of political theory, policy relevance, and gender analysis in a regionally comparative political context. Increasingly my courses in international development stress the importance of political economy, in particular how inequality and poverty have developed, and what the wider political and social implications of this are, as well as what strategies exist to substantively address poverty and inequality. 


My research focuses on African politics. Earlier research addressed political and economic liberalisation in Tanzania, and its impacts and opportunities for women, in particular those working in the informal sector.   Continuing from an interest in Tanzania, I narrowed my focus to Zanzibar, exploring how ethnic, racial, and religious divides were creating challenges for both the recent democratic process in the nation and for the union between Zanzibar and mainland Tanzania.

Most recently I am researching the politics of urban food security in Uganda, exploring how different urban populations - women and migrants for example - fit into the emerging policy process. This research is expanding to compare the Ugandan urban food security policy environment with those in Kenya and Tanzania.

Willing to supervise Graduate Students (MA and Ph.D) in any area of Third World politics or women/gender and politics. I am particularly eager to supervise students working on social policy, poverty, gender, or food security.