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Anita Brown-Graham Rejoins School of Government Faculty

The School of Government is pleased to announce that Anita Brown-Graham has returned to the School as professor of public law and government.

Brown-Graham’s first tour as a faculty member at the School was from 1994 to 2007, after which she became director of the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University. At IEI, she designed and led the construction of a first-of-a-kind civic engagement space, the Emerging Issues Commons, in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. In 2013, she was honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change for Civic Engagement and Open Government.” She also teaches a graduate-level course on bringing groups to consensus in the NC State College of Design. 

Brown-Graham brings decades of experience in leadership, civic engagement, economic development, and public law back to the School of Government. She will lead the School’s efforts to expand its capacity to work with public officials on public policy issues that affect North Carolina communities. This position will involve work with a wide range of officials, organizations, and individuals in communities that request assistance. Her expertise in public engagement and consensus-seeking processes will be of high value to communities that need to bring stakeholders together around evidence-based solutions. 

“My career has focused on North Carolina for more than two decades,” Brown-Graham said. “Returning to the School allows me to do even more in the state by capitalizing on the great lessons learned over the past ten years at the wonderful Institute for Emerging Issues. I love that this new opportunity calls for so much collaboration with faculty and other experts to offer support on pressing public issues.”

Brown-Graham will be focusing and branding the applied public policy initiative, which will formally launch in January 2017, in hopes of having an immediate and long-term impact on policy research in North Carolina. “A month ago, a journalist for the News and Observer lamented that he did not know where to turn for applied policy insights based on exacting and nonpartisan analysis,” said Brown-Graham. “After this initiative re-launches early next year, public officials, community leaders, and media will know where to come to design research that offers solutions consistent with the School’s core values of non-partisanship, neutrality, and responsiveness.”

During her time away Brown-Graham has maintained her relationship with the School of Government, serving as an adjunct professor since 2007 and as a board member of the School’s Foundation since 2013.

“It is great to have Anita back home,” said School of Government Dean Mike Smith.