Deborah Brown

Senior Fellow - Asia Program

Research Areas:

Democracy, religion

Dr. Deborah Brown is Professor Emerita of Asian Studies in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. She is the Managing Editor of the Taiwan Journal of Democracy, a refereed journal devoted to the study of democratic politics and democratic development in societies around the globe. The journal provides an open forum for academic and policy research and a venue for scholars and professional specialists on democratic experience. Dr. Brown’s teaching responsibilities included upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in American foreign policy and international politics in East Asia, modern and contemporary China and Japan, Sino-American relations, and research methods. Her research is centered on East Asian development, and, presently, the role of religious organizations in democratic transition and consolidation in this region. She currently is studying the developments in church-state relations and the political implications of the spread of Christianity in China.

Dr. Brown has authored, edited, and co-edited nine books on East Asian affairs and also contemporary religion; authored and co-authored over sixty refereed journal and popular press articles in these fields, including analyses of national and local-level elections in East Asia. She also has numerous publications on Hong Kong in transition and cross-Strait relations. She earned a Ph.D. in Religion and Society and an M. Phil. at Drew University, an M.A. in Political Science at the New School for Social Research, and a B.A. in English at New York University.