Michael K. Brown is Professor of Politics and has written extensively on race and social policy in the United States.
He teaches courses on U.S. political economy, the political development of welfare states, and African American politics since the New Deal.
He is the author of Race, Money, and the American Welfare State, (Cornell University Press, 1999), and is the co-author of Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society (University of California Press, 2003).
Professor Brown has investigated the relationship between changing conceptions of equality of opportunity and racial inequality since the end of slavery in the United States. This research investigates why culturally acceptable social policies invariably fail. The study focuses on three key moments in American history that defined the scope and meaning of equality: Reconstruction, the New Deal, and the Great Society. (For further information see his paper, "Political Culture and Antipoverty Policies in the New Deal and Great Society."
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