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Mark B. Brown

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Name: Mark B. Brown

Title: Professor

Office Location: Tahoe Hall 3124


Office Phone: (916) 278-6430

Mailing Address: Department of Government, California State University, Sacramento, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6189 USA


Mark B. Brown is professor in the Department of Government at California State University, Sacramento. He studied at UC Santa Cruz and the University of Göttingen, and received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Science and Technology Studies, Bielefeld University. He is the author of Science in Democracy: Expertise, Institutions, and Representation (MIT Press, 2009), and various publications on the politics of expertise, political representation, bioethics, climate change, and related topics. He teaches courses on modern and contemporary political theory, democratic theory, and the politics of science, technology, and the environment.

Department of Government

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Modern Political Thought (GOVT 111)

Current Political Thought (GOVT 112)

Democratic Theory (GOVT 115)

Socialism, Marxism, Communism (GOVT 119a)

Science, Technology, and Politics (GOVT 169a)


Science in Democracy: Expertise, Institutions, and Representation. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009.

Honorable Mention, 2010 First Book Award, given by the Foundations of Political Theory section of the American Political Science Association.

Reviewed in Contemporary Political Theory Social Studies of Science Science and Public Policy, Public Understanding of Science, Science Studies, Isis, Minerva, Science as Culture, Environment and Planning A, Metascience, Political Studies, Choice, Environmental Health Perspectives, Chemical Heritage Magazine, Metapsychology, Politikon, Review of Policy Research, Plurilogue, The Bubble Chamber, Sozialwissenschaftliche Literatur Rundschau

Chinese simplified character translation, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press, 2015.

Politikberatung und Parlament [Political Advice and Parliament], with Justus Lentsch and Peter Weingart. Opladen: Verlag Barbara Budrich, 2006.

Reviewed in Soziologische Revue, Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen



"Speaking for Nature: Hobbes, Latour, and the Democratic Representation of Nonhumans," Science and Technology Studies, Forthcoming.

"Politicizing Science: Conceptions of Politics in Science and Technology Studies," Social Studies of Science 45:1 (February 2015): 3-30.

"Public University Funding and the Privatization of Politics," Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science 7:1 (2013): 21-28.

Winickoff, David E., and Mark B. Brown, "Time for a Government Advisory Committee on Geoengineering Research," Issues in Science and Technology (Summer 2013): 79-85.

Brown, Mark B., and David H. Guston, “Science, Democracy, and the Right to Research,Science and Engineering Ethics 15, no. 3 (2009): 351-366.

"Three Ways to Politicize Bioethics," American Journal of Bioethics 9, no. 2. (2009): 43-54.

“Fairly Balanced: The Politics of Representation on Government Advisory Committees,” Political Research Quarterly 61, no. 4 (2008): 547-560. 

"Can Technologies Represent Their Publics?" Technology in Society 29, no. 3 (2007): 327–338.

"Citizen Panels and the Concept of Representation," Journal of Political Philosophy 14, no. 2 (2006): 203–225

“The Political Philosophy of Science Policy,” Essay Review of Science, Truth, and Democracy by Philip Kitcher, in Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy 42, no. 1 (2004): 77-95.

“The Civic Shaping of Technology: California’s Electric Vehicle Program,” Science, Technology, & Human Values 26:1 (2001): 56-81.

Book Chapters

"Environmental Science and Politics," in The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory, ed. Teena Gabrielson, Cheryl Hall, John M. Meyer, and David Schlosberg. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

"Climate Science, Populism, and the Democracy of Rejection," in Culture, Politics and Climate Change: How Information Shapes our Common Future, ed. Deserai A. Crow and Max Boykoff. Routledge Earthscan, 2014.

“Expertise and Deliberative Democracy,” in Deliberative Democracy: Issues and Cases, ed. Stephen Elstub and Peter McLaverty. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014.

"Comment les scientifiques représentent-ils les citoyens dans les débats publics?" [How do scientists represent citizens in public debate?] in La Science et le Débat public, ed. Marie-Françoise Chevallier-Le Guyader, 117-128. Arles: Actes Sud / IHEST, 2012.

"What Does It Mean to Have a Right to Research?" Proceedings of the Second Meeting of the World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research, ed. Carmen Sorrentino, 93-100. Milano: Mimesis, 2010.

"Coercion, Corruption, and Politics in the Commodification of Academic Science," in The Commodification of Academic Research: Science and the Modern University, edited by Hans Radder, 259-276. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010. Reviewed in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews; Krisis

"Interdisciplinarity and Liberalism's Epistemic Division of Labor: The Integration of Lay and Expert Deliberation," in Inter- und Transdisziplinarität im Wandel? Neue Perspektiven auf problemorientierte Forschung und Politikberatung, edited by Alexander Bogner, Karen Kastenhofer, and Helge Torgersen, 189-204. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2010.

"Federal Advisory Committees in the United States: A Survey of the Political and Administrative Landscape," in Scientific Advice to Policymaking: International Comparison, edited by Justus Lentsch and Peter Weingart, 17-39. Opladen, Germany, and Farmington Hills, MI: Verlag Barbara Budrich, 2009.

Ethics, Politics, and the Public: Shaping the Research Agenda,” in Shaping Science & Technology Policy: The Next Generation of Research, edited by David H. Guston and Daniel Sarewitz. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006.

with Justus Lentsch and Peter Weingart, “Representation, Expertise, and the German Parliament: A Comparison of Three Advisory Institutions,” in Democratization of Expertise? Exploring Novel Forms of Scientific Advice in Political Decision-Making, edited by Sabine Maasen and Peter Weingart, 81-100. Dordrecht: Springer, 2005.

Conceptions of Science in Political Theory: A Tale of Cloaks and Daggers,” in Vocations of Political Theory, edited by Jason A. Frank and John Tambornino. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000.

Other Publications

"Not Everything Political is Politics: Reflections on the March for Science," Public Seminar, June 2, 2017.

"Three Approaches to Environmental Political Theory," Contemporary Political Theory 15:3 (2016): e21-e28.

Science and Democracy.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science, ed. Rick Valelly. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

"The Politics of Science before Scientism," review of Science, Democracy, and the American University: From the Civil War to the Cold War, by Andrew Jewett, in Isis 105:1 (2014): 164-166.

Review of Science in a Democratic Society, by Philip Kitcher, Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy 51:3 (2013): 389-397.

"Too Much to Read," Inside Higher Ed, April 20, 2012.

Toumey, Chris, John Besley, Meg Blanchard, Mark B. Brown, Michael Cobb, Elaine Howard Ecklund, Margaret Glass, Thomas  Guterbock, A. Eamon Kelly, Bruce V. Lewenstein, "Science in the Service of Citizens and Consumers: The NSF Workshop on Public Knowledge of Science." Workshop Report. National Science Foundation, 2010.

Review of The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics by Roger S. Pielke, Jr., in Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy 46:4 (2008): 485-489.

“Wie kommt Gesellschaft in die Wissenschaft? Über Repräsentation, Partizipation und Beratung,” [How does society get into science? On Representation, Participation, and Advice], Gegenworte (Spring 2003): 55-57.