Lyn Mikel Brown

Professor of Education

Office: Miller Library 037 [ campus map ]
Box 4422

Phone: 207-859-4422
Fax: 207-859-4425
Mailing Address:
4422 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8844
Brown, Lyn Mikel


B.A. 1979 Ottawa University, Ottawa, KS--Psychology
Ed.D. 1989 Harvard University, Cambridge, MA--Human Development and Psychology

Areas of Expertise

  • Girls social and psychological development
  • Girlfighting and competition among girls
  • Activism and youth organizing
  • Media and marketing to girls

Other Courses Taught

CourseCourse Title
ED 335Girlhood Activism and Popular Culture
ED 332Women Girls and the Cultures of Education
ED 498Girls and Social Change

Professional Information

Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D. is a community activist and Professor of Education at Colby College. She is co-founder of three intergenerational girl-fueled social change organizations: a community nonprofit, Hardy Girls Healthy Women, a feminist blog, Powered By Girl, and SPARK Movement, an online girl-driven organization working to ignite an anti-racist gender justice movement.

Lyn’s scholarship focuses on understanding the conditions that enable girls’ healthy resistance and dissent in the face of oppression. She is the author of seven curriculums and educational toolkits and six books, including Meeting at the Crossroads: Women's Psychology and Girls' Development (with Carol Gilligan; a New York Times Notable Book of the Year); Raising Their Voices: The Politics of Girls’ Anger; Girlfighting: Betrayal and Rejection Among Girls; Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters From Marketer’s Schemes (with Sharon Lamb; winner of a Books For A Better Life Award), and her most recent, Powered By Girl: A Field Guide for Supporting Youth Activists.

See Dr. Brown's WordPress site for more information about her research, teaching and activism

Dr. Brown earned her Ed.D. at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. She has been Henkels Visiting Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame, a recipient of the Maine Women's Fund Sarah Orne Jewett Award, American Association of University Women Educational Foundation Scholar-in-Residence, and winner of a National Academy of Education Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her study of girlfighting garnered a Henry A. Murray Research Center Radcliffe Postdoctoral Research Award and other research grants.

She was a member of The American Psychological Association's Presidential Task Force on Adolescent Girls, and consultant to the Ms. Foundation for Women's National Girls' Initiative. She has written commentaries and opinion pieces for a number of publications, including Bitch Magazine, Education Week, Rethinking Schools, CNN Opinion, The Boston Globe, TIME Motto, and Ms. Magazine.

Dr. Brown lives in Waterville, Maine with her partner Dr. Mark Tappan, daughter, Maya, and their two dogs and three cats.

Current Research

Dr. Brown is currently working with researchers and practitioners on the Transforming Rural Experience in Education (TREE) Project at the Cobscook Community Learning Center in Downeast Maine to develop trauma- and poverty-informed practices for rural schools.


Brown, L.M., Edell, D., Jones, M., Luckhurst, G., & Percentie, J. 2016. “I Love Beyoncé, But I Struggle With Beyoncé”: Girl Activists Talk Music and Feminism. In. J. Warwick and A. Adrian, eds., Voicing Girlhood in Popular Music: Performance, Authority, Authenticity. New York: Routledge.

Edell, D. & Brown, L.M. 2016. Bridges, Ladders, Sparks & Glue: Celebrating and Problematizing “Girl-Driven” Intergenerational Feminist Activism. Special 15th Anniversary Issue, Feminist Media Studies: ‘An Intergenerational Feminist Media Studies,’ 16(4): 693-709.

Castro Baker, A., Brown, L.M., Ragonese, M. 2015. Confronting Barriers to Critical Discussions About Sexualization with Adolescent Girls. Social Work.

Edell, D., Brown, L.M., & Tolman, D. 2013. Embodying Sexualization: When Theory Meets Practice in Intergenerational Feminist Activism. Feminist Theory, 14: 275-284.

See Dr. Brown's WordPress site for more information about her books, research, and a current CV, as well as detailed information about her activism


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