Associate Dean of Students/ Associate Professor
Bryan A. Brown is an associate professor of science education and associate dean of students at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. He joined Stanford University in the 2004 after working on a post-doctoral fellowship at Michigan State University. His award-winning research focuses on improving urban science education. He focuses on exploring how language and identity impact urban students’ learning. Dr. Brown is a former high school science teacher who earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Hampton University, a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of California, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His 2009 research project on “Disaggregating Science Instruction” was awarded the Journal of Research in Science Teaching’s award as the top research manuscript of 2009. He was the 2007 winner of the National Association for Research in Science Education’s (N.A.R.S.T.) award for outstanding early career scholarship. His was named as a prestigious National Academy of Education and Spencer Foundation Fellow for 2005. In 2011, he received tenure at Stanford University in recognition of his research work. Dr. Brown’s research in urban schools examines how urban science education has underserved minority students by its failure to design instruction that is sensitive to the language and cultural needs of urban populations. His early research projects lead to the development of an instructional approach, known as Disaggregate Teaching, that is designed to improve learning for underserved populations. He continued that research by examining how the language the similarities, or Conceptual Continuities, between students’ informal language and those valued by science have great potential for improved learning. Currently, Dr. Brown leads the Science In The City Research Group. This research group examines how technology can serve as a mediator between a monolingual and monocultural teaching force and the multilingual and multicultural student population.